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Project coordinator gives healthcare leaders the tools to succeed
Bolingbrook resident is Adventist Midwest Health’s Tallgrass Employee of the Year

Contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health 630-312-7508

Bolingbrook – As project coordinator of organization development at Adventist Midwest Health, Allyson Grey works closely with the health care system’s 300 managers, directors and executives to help them be the best leaders they can be. After a little more than a year on the job, Grey’s work has had such a positive impact on the organization that she was named the 2009 Employee of the Year for Adventist Midwest Health’s Tallgrass office in Bolingbrook.

Grey is the logistics leader for Adventist Midwest Health’s strategic plan, Transforming Care ~ Transforming Lives, which aims to improve employee engagement and patient satisfaction. Since the launch of the plan, employee turnover has decreased and employee satisfaction has increased. Much of that success can be attributed to Grey’s leadership; she conducts monthly orientation sessions for new employees, employee engagement training sessions for new managers and handles logistics for the organization’s Leadership Development Institutes, thrice-yearly two-day off-site seminars attended by more than 300 Adventist Midwest Health leaders.

“Allyson is a superstar employee who sets impressive goals and achieves them,” said her supervisor, Vinnie Garufi, director of organization development. “She is detail-oriented and always ready to help out in any way she can, even if it’s not in her job description.”

That includes assisting wayward patients who mistakenly walk into the Tallgrass office for physician appointments. Grey sets aside her work to help those patients find out where there appointments are supposed to occur and ensures they know how to reach their destination.

A 30-year-old Bolingbrook resident, Grey comes from a family of high achievers. In fact, her husband, George Grey, facility manager at Schaumburg Park District, also was named the 2009 Employee of the Year. Both were nominated for the honors at their respective workplaces around the same time but because George received his award first, he teased Allyson that he’d let her hold his trophy if she didn’t win. Allyson was pleased to be able to refuse the offer.

“We joke around about it and even compared trophies,” Allyson Grey said. “His award is bigger, but mine is of much higher quality – glass as opposed to acrylic. We’re both proud of each other.”

Grey earned bachelor’s degrees in broadcasting and sociology from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in higher education from Loyola University Chicago. She joined Adventist Midwest Health in September 2008; she immediately got to work interpreting the results of the organization’s annual employee engagement survey and working closely with managers to further enhance their skills in a variety of areas, including selecting employees, delivering feedback, recognizing staff, and handling performance conversations.

“Our leaders work so hard to provide the best possible care for our patients,” Grey said. “They have very challenging jobs, and I feel very fortunate to be able to support such talented leaders in all they do to extend the healing ministry of Christ to our patients and their families.”

Grey was recognized at Adventist Midwest Health’s annual Employee of the Year celebration, held Feb. 10 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Oak Brook. The Tallgrass office at 1000 Remington Boulevard, Bolingbrook, houses departments that support the four suburban Chicago hospitals of Adventist Midwest Health: Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. These departments include finance, human resources, patient financial services, public relations, and information technology, among others. Each of the five Employees of the Year receives a plaque and a $1,000 check.