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Saint Joseph Jessamine Announces Employee and Leader of the Year

BEREA, Ky. (April 4, 2023) – Saint Joseph Jessamine has announced its 2022 Employee of the Year and Leader of the Year award recipients. 

  • Karen Newland, executive assistant, of Lexington, was recognized as Employee of the Year.
  • Jade Saylor, managing nurse, emergency department, of Paint Lick, was recognized as Leader of the Year. 


Each year, Saint Joseph Jessamine recognizes an Employee of the Year and Leader of the Year who go above and beyond their duties and demonstrate CHI Saint Joseph Health’s core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence.

This year’s Saint Joseph Jessamine Employee of the Year is Karen Newland. From securing treats for the team to coordinating celebrations, Newland is known for “doing it all with a great attitude.”

“Karen is wonderful,” said a nominator. “She has contributed greatly to staff retention and satisfaction this year. Karen works efficiently and is always available when you need her. She communicates effectively with our patients and is always willing to stop what she is doing to talk with patients. Karen is a valued team member, and I am honored to work with her.” 

Jade Saylor has been named this 2022’s Leader of the Year, recognized for her outstanding leadership in a managerial position.

“Jade shows compassion to employees by listening to their concerns and helping her team and assuring each team member has the tools to do their job safely, effectively, skilled and knowledgeable,” said a nominator. “She goes above and beyond to ensure the flow of the unit is constantly running as smoothly as possible and adjusts and looks for improvements when needed. Her passion for nursing shows in her daily work caring for her nurses. She has conversations with staff to speak with her team about their daily progress calmly. Jade introduces changes calmly to staff to decrease anxiety and help them adjust. To be a younger leader in a new position coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has flourished and shown great strength, being a positive and encouraging leader.”

All award winners were recently recognized during a special event and will be celebrated during the CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations’ Humankindness Gala in Lexington on April 15.

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 Jessamine

Saint Joseph Jessamine is located in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Established in 2009, the Saint Joseph Jessamine RJ Corman Ambulatory Care Center serves residents of Jessamine, Boyle, Fayette and Garrard counties. The facility is Jessamine County’s first and only full-service, 24/7 emergency room, and also offers primary care and a full range of services. 



Karen Newland and Jade Saylor

Karen Newland, executive assistant, of Lexington, was recognized as Employee of the Year. Jade Saylor, managing nurse, emergency department, of Paint Lick, was recognized as Leader of the Year. 

Publish date: 

Tuesday, April 04, 2023

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