Recreational Therapist Named Employee of the Year

8/26/2019 1:00:00 AM

Baylor Scott and White Institute for Rehabilitation Honored for Second Year in a Row for Employee of the Year Award
DFW Hospital Council Foundation chooses Loraine Erwin for her work in the Aquatics Program

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation has named Baylor Scott and White Institute for Rehabilitation (BSW Rehab) recreational therapist, Loraine Erwin, as the 2019 recipient of the Employee of the Year -- Special Recognition award . This is the 2nd year in a row that a BSW Rehab employee has been recognized by the DFWHC Foundation.

The award was announced at yesterday’s 23rd Annual Employee of the Year Luncheon held at the Hurst Conference Center. The ceremony recognized more than 125 nominees from 13 area hospital systems. Erwin received the 2019 Employee of the Year - Special Recognition Award in the 1-99 bed category for her development and oversight of the Community Aquatics Program at BSW Rehab-Dallas.

"I am thrilled for Loraine that she has been recognized for her work in our aquatics program," noted David Smith, CEO, BSW Rehab-Dallas. "Loraine has been instrumental in developing this program throughout the years, and has the passion and heart for the benefits of aquatics therapy in the recovery process for both our patients and community members."

Erwin developed the community aquatics program that allows people to swim who cannot participate in other exercise programs due to conditions that limit their mobility. As a champion of this program, Erwin has grown it to its current capacity of over 600 visits per month.

Loraine Erwin proudly displays her award at the DFW Hospital Council’s Employee of the Year Awards.
Pictured L-R: Nancy Behrndt (Senior Director of Rehab Therapy Services), Loraine Erwin (Recreational Therapist),
and David Smith (Chief Executive Officer of BSW Rehab – Dallas)

Additional honors given out at yesterday’s luncheon included the Community Service Award, Preceptor Award, Physician Award and the Hospital System Award.

The DFWHC Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to continually improve the community’s health by promoting safe, high quality, cost effective, accessible and equitable healthcare and by strengthening the healthcare workforce through education and research.