Senior Occupational Therapist at HealthSouth Altamonte Springs Honored as a Finalist in Companywide Award
Kristy Bautista-Harris, a senior occupational therapist assistant at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs, has demonstrated her commitment to excellence in patient care since the first day the hospital opened in October 2014. Her exemplary performance with patients and their families and coworkers has put her in the spotlight as a recipient of HealthSouth’s companywide Outstanding Employee Achievement Awards.
Kristy, one of only six finalists out of more than 27,000 HealthSouth employees, received this annual recognition and was honored at an award banquet held yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama. Award winners are selected based on their performance in four areas: contributions to extraordinary patient experience, team spirit and cooperation, commitment to continuous quality improvement and going above and beyond the call of duty. The process began with each of the 121 hospitals honoring a hospital employee of the year. Then, six finalists were named at the regional level; and one overall recipient was named for the company.
“Kristy has a reputation for being a great coworker and leader,” said HealthSouth Altamonte Springs CEO Jill Jordan. “Her enthusiasm, compassion and laughter allow her patients to be at ease and make her a deserving recipient of this recognition.”
Kristy helped create an internal program to drive patient satisfaction and led the development of the hospital’s therapeutic garden serving as a unique therapy option for patients. Kristy, certified as a brain injury specialist and neuro-development treatment specialist, champions several hospital programs including Stop 2, a safe patient mobility program, and ACE IT, a platform to improve patient safety, clinical outcomes and operational efficiencies. Her responsibilities as a senior occupational therapist assistant include helping patients who are recovering from major illnesses and injuries such as stroke and other neurological disorders, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, complex orthopedic conditions, and amputations reach goals and reclaim their independence.
To learn more about Kristy, view this brief video here.