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Finger Lakes Health holds recognition dinner at Club 86

Finger Lakes Health held its annual Employee Recognition dinner on June 28 at Club 86 in Geneva, honoring employees for almost years 2,200 years of service to the community and thanking them for their contributions and dedication to the ongoing success of the health system.

The recognition honored 29 employees, with more than 725 years of service, who retired in the last year. Nine employees received the Morton Orlov, M.D. Education Award for completing a degree program within the past 12 months. This award is in recognition of personal commitment to education through use of the health system’s Education Assistance Programs.


Members of the Administrative Team presented milestone years of service awards to employees who have completed 5 to 45 years of service with Finger Lakes Health.

Two special awards were presented to employees who consistently exceeded the requirements of their jobs in the workplace:  the James J. Dooley Leadership Excellence Award and the Employee of the Year.

The James J. Dooley Leadership Excellence Award recognizes outstanding performance by a leader who is committed to Finger Lakes Health’s mission, values and the healing environment, as well as the leader’s overall job performance and leadership skills. This year, Dorothy Ricks, Director of Nutritional Services was honored as the 13th recipient of this celebrated award. She has been employed with Finger Lakes Health for the last thirty-one years.


Ricks is the kind of leader who can always be counted on to be supportive, respectful and team oriented. She is a great coach, role model and teacher and is described by her colleagues as “putting her job above all else and rolling up her sleeves to do whatever needs to be done to serve our residents, patients, and visitors”. She recognizes and embraces the power and importance of a positive attitude and engages in open, honest and meaningful conversation with her staff by seeking their input and ideas.

The Employee of the Year Award recognizes an employee that sets the standard for excellence. This year’s award was presented to Clergy Faraon, Nursing Assistant and Unit Clerk, at Geneva General Hospital, on 3 North. He has been with Finger Lakes Health for the last three years.

Faraon’s dedication to patient care is highly regarded.  Patients constantly praise Clergy; some asking for him by name, as they truly look forward to having him care for them. He demonstrates phenomenal teamwork and is a wonderful asset to Finger Lakes Health.

Faraon was selected from among the outstanding field of 12 Employees of the Quarter who were recognized each quarter in 2021. The program recognizes those employees who consistently demonstrate organizational values and whose performance clearly exceeds the requirements of their positions. 



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