Lyn Krater Named December Employee of the Month at Stillwater Medical Center

Stillwater Medical Center has selected Lyn Krater, RN, as the December Employee of the Month. Lyn works in the Surgery Department as the Perioperative Nurse Educator and has been at SMC for 14 1.2 years.

Lyn has been married to her husband, Ron, for 40 years. They have two daughters and three grandsons. Ron is retired from the military and now works for the state fire marshal in Oklahoma City.

In her spare time, Lyn enjoys snow skiing, dancing and singing. She describes her favorite vacation as being anywhere with her family. She said they all enjoy snow skiing so a family ski vacation would be ideal.

When asked how she felt about being named EOM, Lyn said, “I feel extremely honored to have received employee of the month. My peers and co-workers are a tremendous group of folks to work with. I’ve had the benefit of traveling with my husband and working in different facilities and I can tell you that SMC is a great hospital. The OR staff is professional and devoted to providing quality patient care. I am honored to be a part of such a professional group.”

Lyn would like her co-workers to know that she truly respects them and the expertise they bring to the table each day. She also admires their courage and commitment to the nursing practice.

One of Lyn’s most pleasant memories at SMC is the annual tree trimming event. “I really enjoy everyone coming together to place an ornament on the tree, and remembering the birth of Christ is very special,” she said.

When asked who she admired most, she said her mother. “She has always been a positive force in my life,” said Lyn. “She raised me with lots of love and understanding tempered with boundaries and rules. She is a model for me to emulate. My mother is the glow in my life.”

The talent that Lyn would most like to pass to her family members is her love of singing and dancing. She said whenever her family is together, they have a “song fest.”

“At Christmas, we play a game of who can sing a Christmas song without breaking the chain. It makes us all very happy.”

Jerry Moeller, President and Chief Executive Officer at SMC, said the hospital is proud of all employees and especially thankful for each Employee of the Month. He said after being nominated and selected by members of the staff, the SMC Employees of the Month receive a “night on the town” which includes a dinner for two at the Stillwater restaurant of their choice and two movie passes.

They also receive a certificate signed by the CEO, a free meal in the snack bar from the SMC Auxiliary, and may park in a designated parking space at the hospital during the month they are honored.

A portrait of the Employee of the Month is displayed at the Medical Center and then given to the employee at the end of the month in which he/she is honored.

Each of the 12 monthly winners is also eligible to be selected by Stillwater Medical Center employees as Employee of the Year.

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