A salute to the North Texas hospital workforce, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation’s (DFWHC Foundation) Annual Employee of the Year Luncheon celebrated its 18th year on April 22 with the announcement of the 2014 recipients at Irving Convention Center. More than 700 attendees turned out to honor the fourteen winners introduced from a pool of 50-plus area hospitals.
“We hope this luncheon can serve as a tool for hospitals to inspire great employees,” said Kristin Jenkins, president of the DFWHC Foundation. “Our goal is to make a difference by helping to build morale in our hospitals, improve quality of care, quality of life and recognize the importance of each individual. Every nominee, the best of the best of North Texas, deserved to be recognized.”
Among the award recipients announced was Alpha Jalloh, Sous Chef at HCA’s Medical City Lewisville. Alpha was recognized as the DFWHC Employee of the Year for hospitals with 100-250 beds. Medical City Lewisville had recently honored Alpha with the coveted Frist Humanitarian Award, honoring the life, legacy and wisdom of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., husband, father, physician, humanitarian, and founder of HCA. The award was created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities, and to recognize those who perform their work with concern, in a spirit of love, and with humility and understanding. It recognizes
individuals whose daily dedication and care giving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.
Alpha has more than 25 years of professional cooking experience. His employment with MCL began in 2005 and he now serves as the Sous Chef for the physician dining room. He has shown unfailing dedication to the hospital, maintaining a cheerful disposition, going beyond the definition of the job. He helps to make the hospital enjoyable to work in knowing that he genuinely cares about patients and staff. As a true team player, he is always willing to go above and beyond while maintaining a positive attitude.
Alpha grew up in Freetown in Sierra Leone. He is married and has two daughters. He attended Kiev University in the Ukraine, where he received a degree in international studies. He also studied hotel and restaurant management at Ashworth College in Norcross, Georgia. Alpha volunteers for Tegloma Federation International, a non-profit that helps with healthcare, education and agriculture in Africa. Through this organization he has helped to raise money for schools and injured in Sierra Leone. He also volunteers at CCA.
David Hira, illusionist and inspirational speaker, served as the guest keynote speaker. Daniela Decell, CEO of HCA’s Las Colinas Medical Center, and Harvey Fishero, chair of the DFWHC Foundation, served as masters of ceremonies. Board members of the Dallas-Fort Worth Healthcare Human Resources Association judged nominations with the names and hospitals removed.
The DFWHC Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 public charity with a mission to serve as a catalyst for continual improvement in community health and healthcare delivery through education, research, communication, collaboration and coordination.