When Kathy Ben-Shalom found out she was chosen as director of the year at Payson Regional Medical Center, she was excited, when she found out two days later her sister, Kim Nees, was employee of the year at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community she was over the moon.
Both sisters are being honored by their peers for their years of hard work and dedication.
“We both feel very fortunate to have work and to provide a service to the community,” Nees said. “We both work in a great atmosphere with great people.”
Nees, 51, has worked at RCHRC since 2003 in human resources and payroll. She was voted employee of the year by her co-workers.
“I was surprised when I found out I was nominated,” Nees said because she was part of the effort to start the employee of the year programs back up when she started five years ago. Now the program is recognizing her.
Ben-Shalom, 44, who has worked at the hospital since 1992, held various positions before ending up as director of materials management and central supply.
She was chosen director of the year among a pool of at least 20 other directors at the hospital. When asked why she thought she was picked, Ben-Shalom said she always has a smile on her face and saves the hospital lots of money.
“My sister is very fun loving,” Nees joked.
The sisters, who describe growing up as military brats, lived in small towns across the country. Their father’s job with the Federal Aviation Administration required that the family move every three years. But the sisters say they always considered Arizona home because they spent the most time here.
Nees moved to Payson for the first time in 1990 and worked at the hospital in payroll. She decided to relocate to Colorado after several years and then quit her job to travel around the country.
After two years of wandering throughout 18 states, Nees realized Payson was home.
“I was looking for the perfect place to live,” Nees said. “I came back to Payson after traveling because of the quality of life offered here.”
While Nees was jumping around the country, Ben-Shalom was stationed firmly in the Valley for 13 years.
“I was ready to make the change back to a small town,” Ben-Shalom said. When Nees told Ben-Shalom about a position at the Payson Regional Medical Center, she jumped at the opportunity.
Now with both sisters in the same town, at the same time, they enjoy spending their time off together.
“We love to cook, plan parties and scrapbook,” Nees said.
In November, the sisters hosted a scrapbooking party at their home for co-workers and friends.