Mesa View Hospital Employees say goodbye to Chief Financial Officer Mitch Fransen. From left, Mary Ann Kuta; Leslie Woodson, CNO; Patty Holden, CEO; Fransen; Rob Fuller, Marketing; Heather Gately, Admissions; and Johnny Neve, Director of the Year, Materials. Submitted Photo

The final weeks of 2017 were both wonderful and bittersweet for Mesa View Hospital staff as they celebrated both the holidays and their Employees of the Year then said good-bye to one of their directors to end the old year.

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, Mesa View Hospital celebrated the holidays and during that celebration, recognized the employees who have given outstanding service to patients, the public and other hospital employees.

Employee of the year awards are given for clinical, non-clinical and director positions. Employee of the year is determined by the other hospital employees. Each hospital employee is given a ballot to vote for their choice of outstanding employee in each category.

This year those votes went to Johnny Neve, Director of the Year; Cassie Reed, RN Clinical; and Nickie Long, Non-Clinical employee of the year. Each employee received a plaque and cash award.

The holiday celebration continued with food, fun and prize drawings.  Jaime Smith, Security and Jo Ann Nelson, Medical Record employees won the grand prize drawings, Nelson received a 37-inch TV Bluetooth Sound Bar and Smith an Amazon Fire-8HD Tablet. Others received numerous gift cards and Danielle Chocolates Gift Baskets.

Employees left the hospital on a high note that Wednesday only to end the week on a bittersweet one.

On Friday, Dec. 15, Mesa View Hospital staff said good bye to Chief Financial Officer Mitch Fransen.

Fransen is pulling up roots here in Mesquite and making the move to Carlsbad, New Mexico. He may eventually be exploring those famous caverns but not until he’s settled into his new position as CFO at Carlsbad Medical Center.

According to hospital employees, Fransen will be greatly missed for his sense of humor, community involvement and ability to be the leader of a bunch of nuts.

Staff members said their best memory of Fransen will always be Halloween when he and the admitting staff dressed up one year as a minion and most recently a large M&M with a bunch of….you guessed it, NUTS!

The employees gave a final note to their former boss, “We hope your new team appreciates you as much as we do, good luck and much success in your new adventure.”

Now with bittersweet sentiments, sorrowful good-byes and exciting new adventures Mesa View Hospital employees, both present and past, are all looking forward to a bright new year.