HR Excellence 2019 Future Leader finalist: Kelsey Hines, human resources generalist, Advocate Radiology

Kelsey Hines has worked at Advocate Radiology for less than six months but quickly has made a positive impression on her coworkers. Shortly after she came on board, her boss was preparing for maternity leave just as the company was forging a new partnership with another billing organization.

“We were (at) 200 miles per hour and needed someone who could jump right in, pick up responsibilities and make an immediate impact,” Ashley Petiya, human resources director, says in nominating materials. “Kelsey was not intimidated and was quick to offer assistance. She has true desire and passion for HR that (are) demonstrated in her actions.”

Hines' focus is on benefits and employee relations. She has redesigned disability procedures, managed the annual benefits renewal in Petiya's absence and created a new Family and Medical Leave Act time management and tracking process to help clarify where each employee stands.

“I love problem solving any time I come up against a challenge,” Hines says. “One of the things I love most about human resources is being able to assist employees in such a holistic way.”

Hines' future plans include learning more about the business side so she can be more involved in strategic aspects of the company and in decision making. She also plans to become certified through the Society of Human Resource Management.

Future Leader recognizes a rising star in HR with less than five years of experience.

Laura Newpoff is a freelance writer.

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