Tina Vahle is congratulated by Alton Memorial Hospital President Dave Braasch (left) and Brad Ketterer, supervisor of the Heart and Vascular Center, after she earned the March Employee Recognition Award. Vahle is a dedicated nurse of 32 years at AMH. Co-workers who nominated her say Vahle always puts the patients first, going above and beyond to care for them and making sure she gives them excellent care. Vahle explains procedures patients are having in a calm and educational way they can understand. On some days Vahle is like a bouncing ball, as she is getting pulled in every direction, but she always has a smile on her face. Vahle does whatever is needed to make sure patients and their families get excellent care.