HURON — Huron Regional Medical Center (HRMC) recognized its May Exceptional Employee of the Month, Morgan DeRungs, RN, with a small department celebration earlier this month.
DeRungs, who has worked as a nurse on the medical floor and in the intensive care unit for nearly three years, was nominated by co-workers to receive the honor.
According to the nomination, “Morgan is nothing short of amazing! She is humble and kind and has a keen sense of recognizing the needs of those around her – no matter the situation.”
“Voluntarily working long and demanding hours in the intensive care unit and in the COVID-19 unit during the height of the pandemic, Morgan was always stepping up to help co-workers and give excellent care to the most critical patients,” the nomination continued. “She is known for her knowledge and critical-thinking skills and applies her knowledge thoughtfully in a caring way.”
HRMC’s Exceptional Employee of the Month award recognizes an employee who goes above and beyond to demonstrate the hospital’s values of being accessible, helpful and knowledgeable. Employees can be nominated by other co-workers or by a patient or visitor who witnesses exceptional service.
A committee of employees from various hospital departments chooses the employee on a monthly basis and an Exceptional Employee of the Year is chosen at year-end from the 12 monthly honorees.
As May exceptional employee, DeRungs received a meal certificate to a local restaurant, a professional photo session and portrait, $50, a lapel pin and a special parking place for a month.
DeRungs earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota.
She is currently pursuing a nurse practitioner degree from South Dakota State University.
She graduated from James Valley Christian High School in Huron and is the daughter of Melissa and Kirk Aughenbaugh.
DeRungs and her husband, Logan, live in Ramona, where he teaches and coaches. In her spare time, she enjoys running, gardening, and spending time with family.
Patients or visitors can nominate an exceptional employee by calling 605-353-6539 for a nomination form or via e-mail at [email protected]