By Per Peterson
Tracy’s Sandy Fultz has earned the Electric Supply Company Award for Sanford Health Network Employee of the Year.
Fultz has been the lead office coordinator at Sanford Tracy Medical Center for 20 years.
“I’m very surprised,” Fultz said of the recognition. “It’s quite an accomplishment to think that you’ve been selected out of a network that employees 4,800 people.”
Fultz was nominated by Jeri Schons.
Fultz works at the nurse’s station at Sanford as the unit coordinator and is the eyes and ears for the nurses so they can attend to their patients. Schons called Fultz Sanford’s “traffic controller,” as she takes on multiple roles in her job and coordinates a diverse set of activities.
“She is the perfect example of — you hire for the person and you teach them the skills,” Schons said. “She had no training in health care when I hired her, but I knew with her personality and people skills from when she worked in retail that she always put a high regard on customer satisfaction. I knew she would bring that naturally to the job.”
“I believe I’m just doing my job, so to be recognized for just doing my job is an awesome thing,” Fultz said. “There are many qualified people who also deserve this award.”
Sanford Health staff annually recognizes peers and management by nominating them for Employee of the Year Awards. First awarded in 2011, these awards were established to recognize employees who consistently demonstrate exceptional performance and show a relentless pursuit of perfection through attributes such as courage, passion, resolve, advancement and family.
“This also goes back to the team that I work with here,” said Fultz. I couldn’t be the employee I am without the great people I work with here. It all goes hand-in-hand.”
The first Electric Supply Company Employee of the Year Award was given out in 2006.
Fultz lives in rural Tracy with her husband Eric. The couple has three grown children: Mallory, who is also employed at Sanford, and James and Brian, who both farm.