Gabrielle Cinnamon, Author at The Riverside Connection

Starfish Award Winner: Tonya F.

Congratulations to our August to November 2023 Starfish Award Winner, Tonya Fowler!

Here is the story:

Tonya has made so many of our family’s experiences amazing at Riverside. She has drawn blood for not only myself but both of my children for the past few years. Each time her care and compassion has gone above and beyond our expectations. It is very clear just how much Tonya really cares for her patients and strives to make their experience a positive and comfortable one. I personally am very happy when I see that Tonya is the one coming out to call me back for my blood draws. Tonya has also done a great job when our 5 year old, Amilee, has needed her blood drawn. She doesn’t need it as frequently as her sister, but the few times she has needed it, it was for very important tests that absolutely needed to be done correctly, so we possibly would need another draw if it wasn’t done right. Tonya was able to make sure everything was done perfectly and no additional draws were necessary. And as always she made each experience as comfortable and stress free as possible for a young girl. Amilee also has some sensory issues and Autism, so it is extremely important for us to have someone we trust to make her experiences positive. Amilee has been seeing Tonya for blood draws since she was 18 months old. Even more importantly though, Tonya is fantastic with our almost 3 year old, Anneliese. Anneliese has some medical issues that require her to have frequent blood work, at least every 12 weeks, but more often more frequently. Each time we go, we request that Tonya draw her blood because her skills and care for Anneliese go so far beyond what is required for the job. She always makes sure Anneliese is comfortable and tries to make the experience as stress free and trauma free as possible. Her skills for drawing blood out of tiny, hard to find veins is also unmatched in our experience. Others who have tried to draw blood on Anneliese usually need multiple attempts and often times are unable to draw any blood. Tonya’s skills and patient care have been invaluable when you have a kiddo who needs frequent medical experiences, especially at such a young age. We cannot thank Tonya enough for putting in the time and effort to make this such a positive experience for Anneliese. Tonya is one of the main reasons we choose to keep our medical care, especially blood work, at Riverside and we cannot say enough good things about her. She is someone who truly deserves to be recognized for her work and patient care.

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Riverside Re-designated Military Friendly Employer for 2024

Riverside Healthcare announced today that it has earned the 2024 Military Friendly® Employer designation.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly ® Employer designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey.

Over 1,200 companies participated in the 2024 Military Friendly® survey.

“We are proud to announce that Riverside has been re-designated as a 2024 Military Friendly® Employer,” said Riverside President and CEO Phil Kambic. “This re-designation reflects our continued commitment to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for those who have served our nation.”

VIQTORY determined methodology, criteria, and weightings with input from the Military Friendly ® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining an organization’s survey score with an assessment of the organization’s ability to meet thresholds for Applicant, New Hire Retention, Employee Turnover, and Promotion & Advancement of veterans and military employees.

“Organizations earning the Military Friendly Employers designation have wholeheartedly invested in comprehensive and impactful initiatives that bring about positive, life-changing results for our valued service members, dedicated military spouses, and esteemed veterans within their ranks,” said Kayla Lopez, Senior Director of Military Partnerships at Military Friendly®, “We salute these employers.”

Riverside Healthcare will be showcased in the 2024 Military Friendly® Employers in the December issue of G.I. Jobs ® magazine and on

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Veterans Day 2023

To all veterans, Riverside honors you for your dedicated service to our country. Your commitment and sacrifice are deeply appreciated and inspire us all.

Riverside extends our deepest thanks to our employees, board members, and volunteers who have served our nation.

We are proud you are members of the Riverside family.

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Represent Riverside at Local Christmas Parades!

Riverside is participating in two local Christmas parades this holiday season! If you attend both parades you will be entered into a drawing to win an Apple Watch!

Parade 1: Bradley Lighted Christmas Parade | December 1

Parade 2: Kankakee Christmas Parade | December 9

Sign up below – Employees who participate receive a limited edition Riverside Healthcare pom pom beanie! Your family and friends are encouraged to join you.

Questions? Please reach out to Gabby Cinnamon at or ext. 46503

We hope to see you at the parades!

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