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BUSINESS BEAT: Tara Coats named Community Health Center December Employee of the Month

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - “The recognition of an individual by an organization for their outstanding contribution as an employee” is the definition of an Employee of the Month. The Community Health Center of Branch County has selected Tara Coats, RN, as its Employee of the Month for December 2013, recognizing her as an outstanding contributor and excellent example of what an Employee of the Month is.

Tara was hired as a unit tech on November 19, 2002, and is now a registered nurse on the medical floor. According to her nominator, “I have had the opportunity and privilege to work closely with Tara, so I’ve seen first-hand that not only is she a fantastic person, but she’s a phenomenal RN. Tara exudes a warm-heartedness about her that’s passed along to her patients and co-workers daily. Her huge heart shines through to each and every person she comes in contact with and in everything she does. Going above and beyond the call of duty is simply Tara’s normal, always lending a hand and putting her own needs last to everyone else’s. She always makes time. She is wise beyond her years and is always willing to share that wisdom and knowledge to anyone in need; she’s a great teacher. Tara is a true leader in patient/customer relations, always keeping her smile and good nature, even when the floor is beyond hectic. I think Tara is a perfect model of what the Employee of the Month should be. We are fortunate to have her on our team.”

Tara worked as a unit tech at CHC while obtaining her nursing degree from Kellogg Community College. She is married to Derek Coats, a police officer for the City of Coldwater. She has a son named Torrey who is 15 years old, and they all live in Coldwater. Tara enjoys attending her son’s sporting events and spending time with family and friends. She attends the First Baptist Church in Coldwater.

The CHC Employee of the Month program is open to all full-time and part-time employees with six months of continuous employment. The Employee of the Month is selected by a committee that is comprised of former Employees of the Month. Each Employee of the Month receives a special sweatshirt, parking privileges for one month, an Employee of the Month certificate, his or her picture displayed near the cafeteria, Tibbits summer theater tickets, lunch with his or her administrative representative, and the privilege of serving on the Employee of the Month Committee. Each Employee of the Month for the year is then eligible for Employee of the Year, which includes recognition at the annual Employee Recognition Banquet, parking privileges for one year, gift certificates, a jacket, and his or her picture displayed near the cafeteria.