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Nurse named Fire Starter of the Month for second time

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 10:30 p.m. CDT
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Brenda Rittof was named Fire Starter of the month for Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.

MORRIS – Like many nurses, Brenda Rittof of Channahon became a nurse because she wanted to help people.

It didn’t take long for Rittof to discover that as a clinical application specialist in healthcare information technology, she could help many nurses help many patients. Without a doubt, that’s what Rittof was meant to do.

For the second time in six years, she was selected as Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers’ Fire Starter of the Month for her stand out contributions, according to a news release from the hospital.

“Brenda is pivotal in leading us through our electronic health records path,” said Dean Marketti, Chief Financial and Information Officer at Morris Hospital, in the release. “On many occasions when status quo won’t work, Brenda has been able to push us ahead, and she is compassionate about the endeavor.”

Rittof came to Morris Hospital in 2006 as Senior Clinical Applications Specialist. Since then, she has been invaluable in supporting the clinical applications systems, as well as many of the financial applications and niche information technology (IT) systems. Rittof routinely serves in the lead role on many special IT projects, and presently she is leading the team that is working on the launch of the Morris Hospital patient portal. 

Rittof acknowledges that advances in health care information technology have been on an incredibly fast track over the past few years. For someone who is driven by making life easier for others, this gives Rittof’s job all the more meaning.

“I enjoy finding solutions that make it easier for others to do their jobs,” Rittof said, in the release. “If there’s a work flow issue because the process takes 10 steps, I want to find a way to get it down to two steps. Physicians and staff depend on our department more and more, and I am committed to doing as much as I can to help as many people as I can.”

Rittof’s commitment is appreciated by the many, many people whose lives she touches, including Rachel Milton from the Morris Hospital Radiation Therapy Center, who nominated Rittof for Fire Starter of the Month.

“Brenda always goes above and beyond to fix any Meditech issue,” Milton said in the release. “Just recently I emailed Brenda with an issue, and even though she was on vacation, she responded right away and started working to get the problem resolved immediately. She is always willing and ready to help whenever needed to make sure we are able to continue taking care of our patients. Her hard work and compassion for her work shows in all she does.”

In early civilizations, fire starters were the individuals who had the important job of keeping the flame alive. As Fire Starter of the Month, Rittof received a Grundy County Chamber of Commerce gift certificate, a special Fire Starter lapel pin and a designated parking spot for the month.

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