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Dennis Gagnon, Supervisor of Microbiology, is Day Kimball Hospital's September Employee of the Month

September 22, 2009

Dennis Gagnon, Laboratory Microbiology Supervisor, is Day Kimball Hospital’s September Employee of the Month.

–Day Kimball Hospital announces that Dennis Gagnon, supervisor of microbiology in the laboratory, is the Hospital’s September employee of the month. The Employee Council, a group of 20 Hospital representatives, selected Gagnon as the employee of the month after reviewing various nominations from hospital management.

Gagnon began working in the laboratory at Day Kimball Hospital in 1975. Over the years, Gagnon has advanced to a clinical level III microbiologist. Each day Gagnon is responsible for culturing specimens and analyzing them to identify various bacteria and determine which antibiotic will effectively treat the patient. He works closely with the physicians and is well-respected among his peers at Day Kimball.

“To have my coworkers acknowledge my work ethic is very gratifying,” said Gagnon. “A physician once told me, ‘a doctor is only as good as his laboratory.’ That statement has stuck with me over the years and continues to motivate me each day.”

“We are thrilled to honor Dennis as the September employee of the month,” said Kathy Smolen, director of the laboratory. “Dennis has been a dedicated microbiologist and has never lost interest or enthusiasm for the ever changing field. He is dedicated, hard-working and is very deserving of this award.”

Often called into work in the middle of the night or on weekends to take care of a situation, Gagnon is always willing to remain flexible in order to ensure that the physicians are able to treat their patients with the highest quality of care.

Gagnon is a graduate of the University of Hartford with a degree in biology. He currently resides in Putnam and has a wife and two daughters. In his spare time, Gagnon enjoys reading medical mysteries and spending time with his family and their dog.

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