BEREA, Ky. (March 5, 2020) – Saint Joseph Berea has announced that the 2019 Leader of the Year award recipient is Sara Smith, manager, Pharmacy, Saint Joseph Berea.
Saint Joseph Berea 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. Smith was this year’s recipient and was nominated by Bonnie Abrams, coordinator, Health Unit, Saint Joseph Berea.
“Over the last 18 years, Sara has become a friend to all,” said Abrams. “Whether she is interacting with a doctor, patient or colleague, she upholds her reverent and compassionate character, while also maintaining a high level of excellence and integrity. Sara is intelligent, organized and truly irreplaceable. Saint Joseph Berea is a better place because of her.”
Smith is often recognized by colleagues for always putting her best foot forward and giving 100 percent effort to all that she does. As the Pharmacy manager, she receives a countless number of requests during any given shift. Whereas the volume and pace of this position might intimidate some, Smith conducts herself and organizes the work in a manner that makes what she does look effortless.
Smith was recognized during a special event at the hospital.
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 Saint Joseph Berea
Saint Joseph Berea is a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Berea, KY. Established in 1898 on the grounds of Berea College, the facility serves residents of Madison, Estill, Garrard, Jackson and Rockcastle counties. Saint Joseph Berea recognizes the importance of family, friends and familiar surroundings in the healing process and provides a breadth of services so that getting first-rate care doesn’t have to mean being far from home.
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