Friday, November 14, 2014

Staff members go above and beyond to earn Partners awards

Dr. Sarah Smitherman, Springfield Inpatient Physicians 
Dr. Smitherman was nominated for providing care with a personal touch for a child in Pediatrics at Cox South. Dr. Smitherman hand made a dress for her young patient so she would have something special to take home after her discharge. The staff member who nominated her wrote, “Dr. Smitherman always goes above and beyond for her patients but this was way over the top! We are so lucky to have Dr. Smitherman in our organization.”

Wanda Boyd, Volunteer 
Wanda helped make a patient’s birthday special during his stay in the hospital. The patient had many books and his family members (who live out of state) mentioned that he was an avid reader. Wanda got the patient a Barnes & Noble gift card and had it delivered to the patient on his birthday. The staff member who nominated Wanda wrote, “This is a wonderful example of Wanda’s kind heart and taking the extra step to let a guest and patient know how much we care, both physically and mentally.”

David Hoover, CoxHealth EMS, Christian County
A family nominated David for his efforts in saving the life of their teenage son, who was involved in a motorcycle accident. Surgeons at CoxHealth and at Barnes-Jewish in St. Louis both commented to the family that it was a miracle their son made it to the ER.

The patient’s parent wrote, “My son wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for the knowledge, experience, and actions of David Hoover. David has now gone a step further, having a direct impact on my son’s life; I recently reached out to David again thanking him for giving my son a second chance and giving us the opportunity to keep our child, brother, and grandson. … My words are not enough to thank you for Mr. Hoover’s actions.”

The three winners above were part of a group of honorees recognized at the November Partners luncheon. Other winners included:

Kathy Jacks, Pediatrics
Brooke Batesel, Pediatrics
Ara Schnelle, Huston Cancer Center
Kathi Loehmann, EVS/Emergency Department
Heather Farrell, CoxHealth Family Medicine Kimberling City
Dr. Audrey Williams, Family Medical Care Center
Katie Mader, NTICU/FDC