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


NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2021) – Saint Joseph Jessamine has announced its 2021 Employee of the Year and Leader of the Year award recipients. Tiffany McCoy, technologist, Computed Tomography (CT), of Nicholasville, was recognized as Employee of the Year, and Kelly Toponak, director, Ambulatory Services, of Lexington, received the Leader of the Year award.

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

“Tiffany displays excellence in her passion for the job,” said McCoy’s colleague. “She is a team player and is always willing to help her co-workers, no matter the task.”

McCoy is described by colleagues as someone who is kind and considerate, always going above and beyond for every patient at Saint Joseph Jessamine.

Similarly, Saint Joseph Jessamine 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.

“Kelly is an excellent listener,” said Toponak’s colleague. “She makes team members feel at ease, enabling them to feel comfortable communicating concerns and suggesting improvements. Kelly uses a commonsense approach to problem-solving and is well respected among her team and peers.”

Toponak is described by colleagues as an approachable leader who casts a positive shadow on her employees, and strives for excellence in patient experience, both in word and in her actions.

Both award winners were recognized during a virtual ceremony 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 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.

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Publish date: 

Tuesday, December 07, 2021