WALTON -- A physical therapist at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton is the 2010 Sally Dean Award winner.
Ali Hill, 36, received the award for her dedication to her patients, the staff and the hospital.
David Polge, Delaware Valley Hospital president and chief executive officer, annually presents the hospital's highest honor to a staff member who exemplifies the same level of dedication shown by Sally Dean, R.N.
"I didn't expect to get it," Hill said Friday. "It was very much a surprise, and it should have gone to the whole department."
Hill said she loves going to work and spending the days with her co-workers, who made it possible for her to be honored because of the way they work together as a team and because they nominated her for the award.
The award is presented every year at the DVH holiday party.
"I thought it was a coincidence that all of my co-workers were able to make it to the party this year," Hill said. "Then when Mr. Polge began to read the presentation I thought, 'Shoot, that's me.'"
Hill said she has been a therapist for 14 years. She said she knew it was what she wanted to do when she volunteered at a hospital as a teenager.
"I knew I wanted to go into the health field, but I didn't want to be a doctor," Hill said. "I found that I enjoyed working in physical therapy because it involves issues you really can address. It's rewarding to work with people and see them get better."
Hill began working at DVH in 2003 on a per-diem basis and found that she loved the Walton area and enjoyed working with her co-workers, she said. She became the department manager in 2006.
"Ali created a physical rehab program that is well respected in the area for great customer service and high quality," Polge said.
"It's great that I get paid to do something I love," Hill said. "It never really feels like a job, just the place you want to be, helping people and having fun doing it."