ROCKPORT, Maine — Jana Tobin, of Pen Bay’s Outpatient Physical & Occupational Therapy (PT & OT) department, is a supervisor who leads by example in clinical care, considers the needs of her employees and works tirelessly at her responsibilities so that her staff can focus on their own work in direct patient care. For 23 years, Tobin has been a practicing Physical Therapist and has managed Pen Bay’s Outpatient department for the last 14 years. Tobin carries an active patient load and understands the complexities of healthcare in relationship to the consumers and the providers. She interacts with her patients with compassion and knowledge and teaches and guides with gentleness and authority. Tobin is an advocate for her staff and a leader who balances the demands of four clinic sites and support staff with ongoing changes in the health insurance world and treatment methods. Tobin is honest and realistic regarding the challenges of recent Medicare changes and helps her staff navigate the process with accountability and encouragement.
LeeAnn Dinofrio, PT, writes “Jana is ‘Our Fearless Leader,’ always going above and beyond for the patients and her staff, and staying up to date on Medicare’s new extensive tracking in order to train the therapy and support staff.” Dinofrio and Jan Corson, OTR, note that many of Tobin’s returning patients request her by name and in hospital surveys, specifically comment about Tobin and her good care. This is just one example of the many words of praise by Jana Tobin’s colleagues at Pen Bay Outpatient PT & OT in support of her nomination as the October Employee of the Month.
“Jana Tobin is the ultimate professional,” says Brian Stahl, PhD. “She treats her patients with respect and dignity and her breadth of knowledge comes across immediately. She challenges her patients for continued rehabilitation and on top of it all, she is very personable, has a positive attitude and is cheerful. It is clear she enjoys her work. I have been a long-term patient of Tobin’s and I have been able to observe her interactions with colleagues, other patients and myself. With full support I believe you could not find a more qualified staff member for Employee of the Month.”
Tobin has given herself in many ways to the community: she participates in community education workshops, as well as health and safety fairs. She has participated in the Trek Across Maine for eight years and the Picker Center’s Victorian Tea for five years. She mentors junior and senior high school students interested in PT and OT as a career and she coaches field hockey.
Tobin’s response to her nomination? I’m shocked and overwhelmed! It is an honor to be named employee of the month for this great institution. I just got done saying to the staff as they honored me for Boss’s Day that my job is made easy by the great group of folks I have working with me. The therapists and support staff have an amazing work ethic, positive attitude, skill set and compassion towards their patients. I am the fortunate one.”