|AAMC “Stars” Recognized|
In 2009, Abbeville Area Medical Center implemented an employee recognition program called “Stars and Champions.” The program is an effort to recognize the many ways AAMC staff members go above and beyond their job duties to help others.
The “Star” award, which is given on a monthly basis, allows employees to nominate individuals who "shine" like stars by performing very specific kind acts that benefit physicians, patients and fellow employees.
In December, all “Star” nominations will be reviewed by a committee and a “Champion” chosen. The “Champion” award will be given to the individual that has made the biggest impact.
2010 AAMC “Stars” to date are as follow:
Meg Davis, AAMC’s Marketing/Foundation/Volunteer Services Director was named 2010’s first star. Her nomination read as follows: “On January 19th, one of our inpatient nurses became ill and needed to be seen by her doctor. She could not drive herself and since we were all busy with patients we could not take her to her doctor’s office in Greenwood. Meg went out of her way to make sure one of our own was taken care of by transporting her to her doctor where she could meet her family. I am glad to know I work with such caring individuals.”
February’s Star was Gloria Norris, RN, who works in the hospital’s OR. Her nomination stated: “Did you know that one in every three people will get cancer and one in four will die from the disease? Within five years, cancer will surpass heart disease as the leading cause of death according to the American Hospital Association. And then along comes a shining star that always gives and gives who has a heart of gold and wants to make a difference in the lives affected by this terrible disease. From selling baskets, t-shirts, or singing valentines, Gloria, out of the goodness of her heart, has put hard work, dedication and commitment into something that she feels is worth fighting for. Gloria, you deserve a “star” because of what you have done for the families, patients, and the community as well as for raising awareness for people who have suffered and are suffering with cancer. I know they appreciate the funds you have raised and your willingness, hard work and dedication. You are truly a shining star at AAMC!”
Dorothy Hall, Medical Records employee, was April’s star. She was nominated for “graciously donating a week-long stay at her time share in New Orleans to be used as the grand prize for the annual star winner. This was far and above her job responsibilities and it also meant she will be unable to take personal advantage of a vacation this year. Thank-you for your selflessness!”
June brought three Stars.
Jeannie Capps, Patient Financial Services Director, and Tim Stewart, IT Manager “made us all proud when they recently assisted a homeless patient. Jeannie personally paid for the man’s prescriptions and Tim personally paid for a bus ticket so the man could reach his destination. Neither asked to be reimbursed for their expenditures. The person nominating Jeannie and Tim for the Stars recognition expressed it best by noting, ‘both of these co-workers went over and above their call of duty and brought to life the admonition to give up of themselves to His service not only with their lips, but with their lives.’ We should all be proud to be a part of this organization that employs this quality of staff!”
Heidi Keller, RN Health Related Home Care – Greenwood, was also nominated for “making personal donations of six hanging baskets, a set of outdoor furniture and some hamburger meat for a Memorial Day cook-out to the Ware Shoals Manor. The Manor acknowledged her gifts with a very nice note expressing heartfelt thanks which was shared with the Rewards and Recognition Committee. Please join us in being proud to be a part of this organization that employs this quality of staff!”
In July, two Stars were named.
Scott Prevatte, Service Representative with Health Related Medical Equipment - Scott "helps take care of a lady that has little family support. He helped her find a representative who assisted her in obtaining housing, has helped her furnish her home, plant a flower garden, and provided her with clothing. Scott has also contacted several agencies to assist her. It is wonderful that Scott stepped up to the plate when this person needed help the most!"
Mary Goodman, Patient Financial Counselor - Mary "was made aware that one of our volunteers was in need of a new air conditioning system. It had stopped working during some of the hottest weather of the summer. Mary took time out of her day to seek financial assistance so that her air could be replaced. Thank you, Mary, for being so kind and caring to others!"
One Star was named in September:
Sherri Anderson, Occupational Therapist - "On several occasions Sherri has purchased items from Health Related Medical Equipment that are needed by her patients because they could not afford to purchase them. She has a loving and caring heart and goes the extra mile to purchase these items."
One Star was named in October:
Elaine Nixon, LPN - "We had a young patient in the hospital who voiced to Elaine that he liked doing arts and crafts. Elaine purchased art supplies and brought them to the patient on her day off. Thank you, Elaine, for your thoughtfulness!"
One Star was named in November:
Becky Bowie, Executive Administrative Assistant - "Becky received a call from a Home Health nurse on the Friday after Thanksgiving regarding one of their patients who needed urgent assistance. She was out-of-town with family for the holiday weekend, but spent hours on the phone making arrangements to provide for the patient’s needs. Becky is a blessing to our Home Health office and is always willing to go the extra mile for anyone."
Meg Davis, second from left
Gloria Norris, second from left
Dorothy Hall, second from right
Jeannie Capps, second from right
Tim Stewart, second from left
Heidi Keller, second from right
Scott Prevatte, center
Mary Goodman, center
Sherri Anderson, second from left
Elaine Nixon, center
Becky Bowie, center