Celebrating Staff Milestones - Employee Service Awards

Anna Jaques Hospital’s Annual Employee Service Awards is a beloved tradition where we pay tribute to employees who have dedicated 5 to 45+ years of service to the hospital.

Though we could not gather together to celebrate this year, we honor and thank each of the honorees for their dedication to Anna Jaques Hospital and the important role they play in caring for our community.

Click here for the full list of 2020 Employee Service Award Honorees.Those marking the major milestone of 40 years and 45 years of service to AJH include: 

45 Years
Gayle Hamilton, RN
, Cardiology
Denise Melanson, RRT, Pulmonology
Becky Vigneault, RN, Surgical Services 


40 Years
Nancy Bixby
RN, Emergency Department
Debora Downs, Institution for Savings Inpatient Unit
Beverly Howard, RN, Birth Center
Pat Powers, RN, Occupational Health
Nancy Spaulding, Information Technology
Jill VorderisRN, Emergency Departmen

Spotlights on our 45-Year Employees . . . 

Gayle Hamilton, RN, Cardiology

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From Gayle:
“I’ve been blessed to be a part of the AJH family for so many years! We’ve weathered many storms along the way including a historic blizzard, a pandemic and so much more in between! It’s been an adventure and an honor to be a part of the AJH team!”

From Jackie Carroll, Former Manager of Cardiology:
Gayle epitomizes the definition of ‘Nurse’! She excels at her profession, caring for her patients with compassion and empathy. Her positive attitude and warm, engaging personality are an asset to AJH; her confidence in the work always puts her patient at ease.

She continuously demonstrates strong multi-tasking abilities and critical thinking on the job.  She is professional and supports her co-workers at all times. It has been my great honor to work with such a fine nurse and wonderful person for the past 20 years!”

Denise Melanson, RRT, Pulmonology

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From Denise:
“I can’t believe I’ve been at AJH so long. It felt like just yesterday that I was that frightened 19-year-old on her first day! I’ve been blessed to care for so many wonderful patients and work with such dedicated people. Thank you all for such a rewarding career. I look forward to covering shifts – as I just can’t retire!” 

From Julie McDaniel, Clinical Manager of Respiratory Care:
“Denise has been a dedicated employee who enjoyed her patients. Denise has had roles on the floors as a respiratory therapist then transitioned to the Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) Lab. She has a special knack for educating patients and coaching them through the process of a PFT and easing their concerns and anxiety."

Becky Vigneault, RN, Surgical Services

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From Becky: 
“I’ve been very fortunate to have had a rewarding 45-year career at Anna Jaques. I joined the ICU team in 1974 and after 20 years, transferred to Surgical Services, first as a recovery room nurse then retiring from the pre-admission testing department in 2019. I will forever cherish the many friendships I’ve made at AJH and will hold dear the memories of the thousands of patients I have had the privilege to care for.  Thank you, Anna Jaques for sharing with me my entire nursing journey!”

From Wally Szuksta, Director of Surgical Services
Becky has been an inspiration and a role model to nurses at Anna Jaques. She is someone I can count on to get the job done and accepts changes and challenges with a smile and a positive attitude that is felt by all. I’m sure that her Great-Great Aunt, Miss Anna Jaques, is very proud of the career Becky has had as an RN at AJH.”