DOVER -- Union Hospital recently honored 186 employees for a combined 2,925 years of service to the hospital. The recognition came at the hospital's annual Service Awards Program held in the hospital's cafeteria.

Bruce James, UH president and CEO, presented forty year awards to four employees, including New Philadelphia residents Tamara Day, a nursing assistant, and Geraldine Tinor of the laboratory.

Two Dover residents received forty year service awards including David Rothel, an employee in the UH security department and Janet Shanklin, an employee in the radiology department.

James thanked the quartet of award winners for their four decades of service to Union Hospital and its patients.

"One of our greatest strengths is the quality of our staff of employees," James said. "Our ability to recruit and retain skilled, compassionate people sets this hospital apart. Achieving forty years of service is a remarkable achievement."

For achieving 35 years of service James presented awards to Kay Coombs, Terrie Krantz, and Brenda Mizer of Dover, Brenda Harding of New Philadelphia, Beth Hoffman of Port Washington, Stephanie Lautenschleger of Strasburg, and Michael Weigand of Uhrichsville.

Thirty-year service awards were presented to Debra Adams of West Lafayette, Rebecca Auman, Carol Murphy, and Dyan Schupbach of Dover, and from New Philadelphia, Karen Hauser and Ralph Tice.

Reaching the quarter-century mark of service to Union Hospital Tracey Beavers of Newcomerstown, Cathy Corbett of New Philadelphia, and Susan Easlick, Patty Lewis, and Linda Stalnaker, all of Dover.

Service award recognition was also presented to 24 employees for 20 years of service, 19 employees for 15 years of service, 69 employees who reached a decade of service, and the 52 employees who received their first award for five years of service to UH.