Springfield Memorial Hospital names its Colleague of the Year. Who is it?


Franke Kiddoo of Chatham was named Springfield Memorial Hospital’s Colleague of the Year for 2021.

It was the first year that the Colleague of the Year was chosen by a vote open to all employees of Springfield Memorial Hospital and Memorial Care. Previously, a hospital committee selected the winners.

Kiddoo, a human resources associate, joined Springfield Memorial Hospital in 2015.

When Kiddoo was named Hospital Colleague of the Month in February, he served as Unit Secretary in the Nursing Support Pool.

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In this role, Kiddoo served as a safety monitor and supported other safety monitors. As more COVID-19 units have opened at Springfield Memorial Hospital, Kiddoo has been instrumental in ensuring units are fully stocked, with an emphasis on protocols that ensure safety patients and colleagues.

Safety monitors supervise clinical staff when they put on and take off personal protective equipment, ensuring that clinical staff are properly protected when caring for COVID-19 patients.

“I’ve been on multiple COVID-19 floors, and Franke’s level of engagement is far superior to others I’ve worked with,” said Jenny Rikeralm, one of the two colleagues who appointed Kiddoo. “If I needed anything for patient and staff safety, it was there.

“From what I’ve observed, Franke doesn’t just live in his bubble in his assigned unit. He is interested in the common good of Memorial Health.

Outside of work, Kiddoo enjoys spending time with his family and attending auto shows and is a huge fan of the Chevrolet Camaro.

Springfield Memorial Hospital Colleague of the Year receives a $ 1,000 award, one week of paid leave, one year of premium hospital parking, and a special pin recognizing achievement.


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