BARDSTOWN, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2020) – Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of CHI Saint Joseph Health, has announced its 2020 Employee of the Year and Leader of the Year award recipients. Shelia Downs, of Bardstown, an environmental services tech, was presented with the Employee of the Year award, and Kelly Boone, of Bardstown, director of outpatient imaging, earned the Leader of the Year award.
Flaget Memorial Hospital annually recognizes one outstanding Employee of the Year who demonstrates the core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence.
“Sheila truly embodies all of our core values,” a nominator said of Downs. “She recently worked overtime during the week because the department was short. She not only picked up extra shifts during the week, but she worked an additional weekend so her colleagues would have help. Sheila's co-workers have made multiple comments to leadership about how she is a team player who goes above and beyond for Flaget Memorial Hospital. She is a perfect example of how an employee should act and treat his/her fellow colleagues, along with the patients.”
Downs is known among her colleagues for having high standards when it comes to the cleanliness of the facility. She is not only committed to meeting sanitization standards – she strives to exceed them, to ensure the health and safety of all staff and patients. While the challenge of being responsible for cleaning the operating room might intimidate some, colleagues say Downs always welcomes the challenge and never complains.
Similarly, Flaget Memorial Hospital annually presents one employee serving in a managerial position with the Leader of the Year award. Selection criteria include an outstanding demonstration of leadership led by CHI Saint Joseph Health’s core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence. This year’s recipient, Kelly Boone, was nominated by multiple colleagues.
“Kelly has portrayed excellence throughout her career in the imaging field, always working to ensure our hospital has what it needs to care for patients, including maintaining and updating technology,” a nominator said. “In addition, she has had to earn and maintain accreditations, which exemplifies the core value of excellence. Her team is high performing and always helpful, and continuously has good catches, which is a reflection of her leadership. Flaget is so lucky to have her at our facility.”
Boone’s colleagues say her collaboration with the team at CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Center at Flaget has played a major role in the success of cancer initiatives, as well as monthly tumor conferences. Boone works closely with the grant management team and the local health clinic to offer mammogram screenings to patients in need, most recently collaborating with the Cancer Center team last fall to help make a breast cancer screening event successful.
Both award winners were recognized during a special virtual event.
About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.
About Flaget Memorial Hospital
Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of CHI Saint Joseph Health, is a 52-bed facility located in Bardstown, KY. Established in 1951 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the facility serves residents of Nelson, Hardin, Marion, Washington, Spencer, Bullitt and LaRue counties. The facility is also home to Nelson County’s first full-service cancer center.