A Show of Hands in Upstate New York

Edition: September 2012 - Vol 20 Number 09
Article#: 4055
Author: Repertoire

More than 450 Welch Allyn employee-volunteers visited more than 20 non-profit organizations across central New York as part of the company’s third annual “A Show of Hands” corporate social responsibility campaign. Another 250 employees pitched in for various non-for-profits at the company’s headquarters in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y. The initiative was part of the company’s annual Beacon of Quality event, a designated date when local facilities are closed for the day to honor employees.

This was the first year Welch Allyn partners joined in with volunteer efforts. They included Cardinal Health; PSS World Medical; Henry Schein; Staples; McKesson Corporation; Cerner Corporation; Marietta Corporation, a hotel amenities company, which supplied the soap and shampoo for the emergency personal care kits; Heart to Heart International; and members of the Health Industry Distributors Association.

In years past, the event consisted of an afternoon of music, food, games, and team-building activities, according to the company. However, in recognition of Welch Allyn’s 95th anniversary two years ago, the company chose instead to give back to the surrounding communities.

“We had such a great response from employees the past two years that we decided to continue our ‘A Show of Hands’ initiative and make it an annual event,” said David Allyn, director of CSR at Welch Allyn. “People have always looked forward to the annual Beacon of Quality event – even before we started volunteering. But for the past few years, I have heard our employees talking about wanting to do more. These are our neighbors we’re reaching out to, so this level of involvement is really an investment in the communities where our over 1,200 local employees work, live and play.”

Organizations helped

“Some of our folks, including Chief Operations Officer Andy Clapper, traveled to the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, where they stuffed goodie bags and helped with other preparations for its fundraising golf tournament,” said Allyn. “Some went to Hillside Children’s Center in Auburn, N.Y., and helped to refurbish its baseball diamond.” Other organizations which Welch Allyn employees visited for volunteer duty were:

• Auburn Community Garden.

• Auburn Community Hospital.

• Auburn Housing Authority.

• Habitat for Humanity (Garrow Street, Auburn, N.Y.).

• E. John Gavras Center.

• Hospice of the Finger Lakes.

• Finger Lakes SPCA.

• Seneca Cayuga ARC Camp Columbus.

• Baltimore Woods Nature Center.

• Exodus 3 Ministries.

• Cathedral Emergency Services.

• Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

• P.E.A.C.E., Inc.

• Samaritan Center.

• Spafford Historical Society.

• Skaneateles Conservation Center.

• Ronald McDonald House.

• Skaneateles Presbyterian Manor.

• Rescue Mission (Marshall St. Location).

• Ride for Alive.

Meanwhile, volunteers at Welch Allyn’s State Street facility put together 350 college-ready kits for OnPoint for College, a non-profit organization that was started in Syracuse and that aims to provide at-risk youth with opportunities for higher education; assembled more than 5,200 emergency disaster kits for Heart to Heart International; made more than 1,700 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for local homeless shelters; assembled more than 22,000 mailings for the Rescue Mission; and made 500 personal care packages and wrote thank-you letters for the military.

Exceptional employees

The morning session included business updates and an award ceremony, recognizing exceptional employees with the President’s Beacon of Quality award – the highest Welch Allyn quality recognition award bestowed on employees.

The Welch Allyn de Mexico Cuff Production room received the W.G. Legacy Beacon Award, which recognizes initiative, determination and collaboration in achieving significant, substantial and sustainable improvements. The team, which achieved a weekly production increase of 27.6 percent, included:

• Bruno Villa, Production Support.

• Sergio Silva, Production Supervisor.

• Rene Espino, Cuff Production Planner/Buyer.

• Arturo Martinez, Cuff Assembler.

• Ramiro Duran, Cuff Assembler.

• Daniel Hernandez, Cuff Assembler.

• Alejandro Hernandez, Electromechanic Technician.

• Gabriel Sanchez, Manager, Value Stream.

Lead Mechanical Engineer Sam Melhem and Manager of Design Engineering Rob Ayers received the Positive Spirit Beacon Award, which recognizes an individual or team for creating a positive workplace environment that contributes to high performance and morale. Melhem and Ayers created a positive work atmosphere resulting in increased team engagement, communication and a 50 percent productivity improvement at CPE morning market meetings by dressing up and introducing the “Prize Pirate,” “Disco Twins” and “Hanz and Franz.”

A team from the Welch Allyn facility in Beaverton, Ore., received the Quality First Beacon Award, which is awarded for demonstrating quality improvements based upon need rather than cost-savings. The team created a visual system to identify aging and high-risk NMRs and reduced the total quantity of NMRs by 45 percent; and they improved the average time to close an NMR from four weeks to one, so 33 percent can now be closed in one day. Recipients were:

• Steve Wozniak, Sr. Engineer, Quality Assurance.

• Scott Anderson, Sr. Manager, CGPE/ Manufacturing Engineering.

• DeLynn Elrod, Manager, Production.

• Esperanza Buckley, Sr. Manager, Regulatory Affairs.

• Sean O’Bar, Manager, Quality Assurance.

• Christine Lawrence, Sr. Engineer, Quality Assurance.

• Sheila Cuyler, Supervisor, Production.

• Wendy Taylor, Sr. Analyst, Procurement.

• Tony Shouse, Supervisor, Production.

• Aaron Fox, Manager, Manufacturing Engineering.

• Pam Gibbons, Lead Quality Inspector.

• Kerry Van der Roer, Sr. Manager, Quality Assurance.

• Craig Wilson, Manager, Supply Chain.