Mount Sterling, Ky. (August 13, 2019) — Saint Joseph Mount Sterling recently honored five outstanding hospital staff members with BEE Awards. Jason Whaley, Selina Darting, Rita Ballard, Crystal Blankenship and Lisa Harmon were each recognized as hospital staff members who went Beyond Exceptional Expectations (BEE). This special award is presented to non-medical hospital staff who go above and beyond in service, care and compassion.
Jason Whaley was nominated by a co-worker for his quick response to an emergency situation in a toddler had been accidentally locked in a hot, parked car. He swiftly notified the Emergency Department, and staff prepared any necessary treatment in advance, before the toddler was brought into the hospital.
“Jason’s quick action, working together with other members of the hospital’s team, saved this child’s life,” said the co-worker.
Rita Ballard was nominated by a co-worker for her actions in response to the same emergency situation. She quickly called emergency services and arranged for an auto technician to rapidly unlock the vehicle. Responders were able to get the child out of the car, which was becoming dangerously hot.
“The child was later discharged home and was OK. Rita’s quick action had helped save this child’s life,” said her co-worker.
Selina Darting was nominated by a co-worker for her constant resolve in making patients and hospital staff feel that they are loved and valued. On one occasion, she was working an unusually busy shift when she learned that a terminally ill patient wished to pray. Darting never thought of this request as extra work or a burden. She took time out her own busy schedule to pray with the patient and family, who were so grateful for her presence and added faith.
“She makes me want to do a better job,” said her co-worker.
Crystal Blankenship was nominated by a co-worker for her unrelenting compassion and care for the hospital’s patients. In one case, a patient’s hair had become tangled and messy, and the patient asked nurses if anyone could braid her hair. With such busy schedules, it was difficult for anyone to find time to meet the request. Blankenship took that extra step, taking personal time from her day to wash and braid the patient’s hair.
“Crystal took time out of her busy day to make someone’s day. She made this patient’s hospital stay brighter, happier and a lot better,” said a co-worker.
A patient’s family nominated Lisa Harmon. “She is so patient with all of her patients. She is very attentive and does quality work. My mother is a patient here and it makes me feel good to know Lisa is here,” the family said in the nomination. “It’s important to recognize and appreciate the (techs) who provide good care. Lisa is one of the best and should receive this (BEE) award.”
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 Mount Sterling
Saint Joseph Mount Sterling is a 42-bed community hospital located in Mount Sterling, KY. Established in 1918, the facility serves residents of Montgomery, Bath, Menifee, Powell and Rowan counties. An investment of $60 million opened the current facility in 2011.
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