Saint Joseph East Honors Outstanding Staff With Employee, Leader of the Year Awards


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2021) – Saint Joseph East has announced its 2021 Employee of the Year and Leader of the Year award recipients. Danielle Kruger, technologist lead, Computed Tomography (CT), of Lexington, received the Employee of the Year award, and Mindy Bentley, RN, manager, Nursing, of Winchester, received the Leader of the Year award.

Saint Joseph East annually recognizes one outstanding Employee of the Year who demonstrates the core values of compassion, inclusion, integrity, excellence and collaboration.

“Danielle always has a positive and can-do attitude, no matter what situation she is faced with,” said Kruger’s colleague. “She is always eager to expand her knowledge and continue to grow.”

Kruger is described by colleagues as a great team player who always steps up when needed, and someone who shows great compassion for patients and others at Saint Joseph East.

Similarly, Saint Joseph East 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 compassion, inclusion, integrity, excellence and collaboration.

“Mindy goes above and beyond every single day, always making sure that her employees feel supported, heard, and cared about,” said Bentley’s colleague. “Her heart is as genuine as they come. Mindy’s office is a safe space for all of us to voice our concerns, and she always validates our feelings. I can imagine no one who deserves this award more than Mindy. She is simply the best.”

Bentley is described by colleagues as being someone who demonstrates integrity by reassuring staff that no matter what is happening in the unit or the hospital, she is there to help. Colleagues also say Bentley is known for her ability to fix any situation that is thrown her way, and that if she doesn't have an immediate answer, she will work to find one.

Both award winners were recognized during a virtual event in November.

About CHI Saint Joseph Health

CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes, home health agencies and an ambulatory Care Center. The hospitals in CHI Saint Joseph Health are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. 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 East

Saint Joseph East is a 217-bed full-service community hospital located in the southeastern section of Lexington, Kentucky. Established in 1983, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky. At Saint Joseph East, ambulatory surgery, 24-hour emergency care and women’s health services are supported through a vast array of inpatient and outpatient programs. 

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Publish Date: 

Wednesday, December 08, 2021