Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital recognizes the following employees for their hard work and dedicated service.  Congratulations to all of our employee of the month winners.

 

September 2009 Employee of the Month, Donna A. Gandy

The first to greet visitors to Administration, the September Employee of the Month, Donna A. Gandy, is quick with a smile and helping hand. The secretary to the assistant administrator, Gandy has been a member of the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority family since June 14, 2000.

      

 

 

August 2009 Employee of the Month, Ronnie Abrams

 Ronnie Abrams celebrated his 10th anniversary as a Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital employee by being chosen as the August 2009 Employee of the Month. The Diagnostic Imaging Department employee has been a staff radiographer here since August 20, 1999.

 

      

 

 

July 2009 Employee of the Month, David Davidson

A registered nurse, David Davidson is also fluent in "computerese", therefore, the switch to Management Information Systems was easy. An IT Clinical Programmer, the July Employee of the Month has been employed by the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority since September 12, 2005.

      

 

June 2009 Employee of the Month, Jeremy Vaughan

In June, Tombigbee Healthcare Authority employees selected registered nurse Jeremy Vaughan as their Employee of the Month. A Tombigbee Healthcare Authority employee since April 2006, Vaughan works in the Medical Intensive Care Unit.

      

 

 

May 2009 Employee of the Month, Betty Jean Collins

For the past five years, May's Employee of the Month, Betty Jean (B.J.) Collins, has tended to the patients of Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital as a phlebotomist in the Laboratory Department.

      

 

 

April 2009 Employee of the Month, Carolyn Nelson

A central supply clerk in the Material Services Department, April's Employee of the Month, Carolyn Nelson, has been an employee of Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital since June 1994.

    

March 2009 Employee of the Month, Ajean Buscato

With a shy smile and quiet efficiency, Ajean Buscato has worked as a laboratory technologist at BWWMH for the past five years. “I really enjoy working here,” she said. “It’s not easy to get hired in America.” Before joining the BWWMH staff, she had worked for eight years in her native Philippines. “As a foreigner, working here gives me the opportunity to serve your community and your country. “I was a little nervous about coming here at first, but that didn’t last long,” she said. “I like the area, and the people have been very friendly and helpful. Everyone in the hospital has been great.” She likes it so much, in fact, that she’s working diligently to obtain a permanent green card. If her selection as the March 2009 Employee of the Month is any indication, her coworkers are hoping she’ll be successful in that endeavor.

    

January 2009 Employee of the Month, Roger Hoggle

With well over 100 computers operating every day of the week, glitches are bound to pop up at the most inopportune times. That’s where Roger Hoggle, PC Tech, enters the picture. With years of experience tweaking the various computer systems that combine to form our information system’s backbone, Roger is one of those “go to” men who somehow manages to solve the problems that can leave the rest of us scratching our heads. He’s quick to respond to a call for help with a grin and a joke for everyone, all the while working quickly and efficiently to get the system back on line in no time. That’s why he was the perfect choice for THA’s January Employee of the Month.   

     

December 2008 Employee of the Month, Angie Hurt

Taking care of her hometown is important to Registered Nurse Angie Hurt. “I like helping my friends, family and neighbors when they’re sick,” she said “I’m so happy to be able to pursue a career in a field I love, in a town that I love.” While she laughs that she became a nurse because her mother made her, Angie Hurt is quick to point out that she has stayed a nurse because she found a real joy in her job. That joy is evident in her cheerful personality when dealing with her patients and coworkers. She always finds a way to go above and beyond what’s required so that everyone feels as comfortable as possible. That trait hasn’t gone unnoticed by her coworkers who chose her as their December 2008 Employee of the Month!

  

  

November 2008 Employee of the Month, Beth Wright

Having a job where she gets to help people shop is just perfect for Beth Wright. “Working in the Gift Shop is simply a pleasure," she said. "I really do love my job!” Whether she’s helping a child pick out a gift for a new baby brother or sister, or taking a jewelry order for a new bride with her new monogram, Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital Gift Shop Clerk Beth Wright always has a smile on her face. "If someone comes in and I can help make them happy, that just makes me even happier," she said. For just under a year, Beth has helped the Auxiliary in the shop and says “the Auxiliary members are wonderful people. They’re a hardworking bunch and a joy to be around.” Her love of her customers and coworkers was rewarded in November when she was named the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority's Employee of the Month.  

  

October 2008 Employee of the Month, Kathy Lewis

Helping to make sure things run smoothly for her coworkers is Kathy Lewis’ way of aiding in keeping Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital running smoothly. "I try to keep them happy so that they can concentrate on keeping our patients healthy and happy," she said. “This helps us build a strong hospital and strong hospital helps make our community even stronger.” For 29 years, Kathy has seen to the needs of her coworkers. First as a unit secretary and, for the past 11 years, as the payroll clerk. “They’re like my second family,” she said, “It’s important that they not have to worry about anything but our patients. By working together, we’re better able to build a strong hospital.” Her coworkers definitely appreciate her efforts as they named her as their Employee of the Month for October 2008.

  

September 2008 Employee of the Month, Elmyra Lowe

It’s only been a year and a half since Elmyra Lowe came to Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital, but to her, it already feels like home. “Had I known working here was this good, I’d have been here earlier,” she said. “My supervisors are great. I like the way they jump right in and help you. They take you step by step to help you learn.” With 18 years of experience as a nursing assistant, Elmyra Lowe says that her skills have grown tremendously since joining the BWWMH family. “I love the fact that I’ve learned a lot of new techniques and procedures since I’ve been here,” she said, “it’s a wonderful place to work.” That enthusiasm shines through in her work and attitude daily and hasn’t gone unnoticed by her coworkers who named her the September 2008 Employee of the Month. 

  

August 2008 Employee of the Month, Christine Lloyd

Helping her friends and family breathe easier is what motivates Certified Respiratory Therapist Christine Lloyd to do her best. “When you live in a small town, everyone ends up being family," she said. "I'm able to stay in my hometown, helping people I know. What better job could I possibly ask for?" She says that environmental changes, including increased smoking and pollution, are leading to a greater demand for respiratory therapy services. “I think respiratory therapy is a very important field,” she says. “If you can’t breathe, there’s not much else you can do.” Because of her dedication to her patients, as well as her friendly, helpful attitude toward her coworkers, Christine was honored in August as the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority Employee of the Month.

  

July 2008 Employee of the Month, LaShandor Collins

HealthStart clerk LaShandor Collins understands the importance of helping expectant moms get the care they need. "These babies are our future and it's so important that they get the best start possible," she said. “Helping make sure that babies get the prenatal care they need is great.” While she doesn’t work one-on-one with the mothers, LaShandor does help make sure that all the necessary paperwork is taken care of so that things go smoothly. “I love helping people and knowing that I’ve made a difference in someone’s life each day is just wonderful.” That spirit of giving extends to her coworkers as well. “They are a great group of people,” she says. They return her appreciation as she was recently named a Tombigbee Healthcare Authority Employee of the Month.

  

June 2008 Employee of the Month, Ida Price

While most of those who enjoy the fruits of her labor never get a chance to see her, Ida Price does her best to bring a smile to their faces. “Having the opportunity to help our patients is a blessing to me," she said. " I love to bake for people. I especially like trying new ideas and bringing those to our customers." As a baker/cook in the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital Dietary Services Department for the past three years, Ida has served up many delicious confections. “It makes me feel good to help make someone’s day a little better,” she said. “It’s important to share the gifts we’re given and my gifts happen to be in the kitchen.” Apparently her coworkers are very appreciative of her gifts as she was named June’s Employee of the Month.

 

May 2008 Employee of the Month, Melonee Coats

Most people strive to find their calling in life. For the past dozen years, Melonee Coats has lived hers. “I love knowing that I’ve helped someone each day through my job," she said. "To me, it's an honor from God to be able to come here each morning, connect with our patients, and help them access care." As a clerk in the Outpatient Medical Center at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, Melonee strives to do her best to make it easier for patients to receive the care they need. “No one wants to be sick or hurt,” she said, “and I want to make things easier for each patient who walks through that door.” She efficiently processes their paperwork with a smile and kind word, none of which have gone unnoticed by her coworkers who chose her as their May 2008 Employee of the Month.

 

April 2008 Employee of the Month, Deborah Bambarger

Helping to make things go smoothly for the other Home Health employees is an honor for Deborah Bambarger. “I’ve been here 12 years and I couldn’t think of a better place to work," she said. “They work so hard to take care of our patients so I do my best to make things a little easier for them when possible.” As the Office Manager in the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital Home Health Agency, Deborah is very proud of her coworkers. “It takes special people to go out and do what our nurses and home health aides do,” she said. “They go out of their way to do things for our patients.” Apparently that pride is a two-way street as Deborah was honored by being selected as the April Employee of the Month.

March 2008 Employee of the Month, Lesa Brister

To Lesa Brister, having healthcare available right here at home is very important. “Our organization is vital to the well-being of our community,” she said. “It’s wonderful that our hospital provides so many different healthcare services to our community. I just can’t imagine what it would be like not to have healthcare this close to home,” she adds. Brister, who joined the Marengo Orthopaedics staff recently after working for a year and a half in Patient Accounting Services says she enjoys working in such a positive environment. “Everyone here is so friendly and seems to genuinely care about our patients.” Her coworkers recently honored her as the March 2008 Employee of the Month.

 

February 2008 Employee of the Month, Charlotte Crepps

For Charlotte Crepps, every day presents a chance for her to seek joy in helping others. "I get up every morning and I'm excited that I can come in to work," she says. "Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital recognizes that people are our greatest asset and to me, this is just a great place to work," the Patient Accounting Services employee explains. "Everyone has a job to do and everyone works together. Our jobs fit together like a puzzle that, when all the pieces are in place, works to meet the needs of our patients." Always quick with a smile and kind word for patients, visitors and coworkers alike, Charlotte first joined the staff at BWWMH in 1993. While she pursued other interests for a brief period in 2000, rejoining the staff here was "just the perfect thing for me to do." Apparently, her coworkers think so, too, as they named her the February 2008 Employee of the Month.

January 2008 Employee of the Month, Loudella McIntosh

To Loudella McIntosh, working at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital is just like hanging out at home in the kitchen with her friends as they try new recipes. "I love working here. I get to learn something new almost every day," she said. "My coworkers are great. Since I joined the staff, I just fight right into the crowd. They've always made me welcome." With a couple of years on the job in the kitchen at BWWMH, Loudella has grown to love her job, her coworkers, and the people they serve. “I like cooking for our patients,” she said. “I especially like helping out with the special catering events we have.” That sense of family and joy she radiates is returned by her coworkers who voted her the January 2008 Employee of the Month.

December 2007 Employee of the Month, Vickie Sharpe

Vickie Sharpe says that she’s got the perfect job because it combines her love of cooking with helping care for the sick. “In my job, I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do,” she said. With over 18 years in the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital kitchen to her credit, Vickie’s got what it takes to be the Supervising Lead Cook in the cafeteria. “I just love cooking and I really enjoy trying different recipes and techniques on different types of foods,” she says. You won’t hear any complaints about her cooking from her coworkers as they selected her as the December 2007 Employee of the Month.

 

November 2007 Employee of the Month, Mary Shakes

Giving her patients the tools for dealing with the stresses and pressures of day-to-day living gives Mary Shakes a sense of purpose. As the Coordinator of the Tombigbee Geriatric Behavioral Health Outpatient Program, Mary feels that her work is simply an extension of her faith. “I’ve always seen this as a part of what I was called to do,” she says, adding that it’s through the combined efforts of the entire staff that their mission of providing comfort and care is accomplished. “I’d like to think that because of what we do, people leave our program more equipped and confident to deal with their problems than when they first began, she says, adding that “this is an excellent program. I believe we make a difference in people’s lives.” She sees being chosen as the November Employee of the Month as an honor that she shares with her coworkers.

October 2007 Employee of the Month, Jennifer Sharman

Jennifer Sharman greets each new task as a Medical Records Clerk with a quick grin and can-do attitude. “I’m always learning something new,” she said. “It’s never boring. I love working here.” It’s been almost two years since Jennifer joined the Health Information Management staff and she still finds fulfillment and joy in her job. “At the end of the day, if I’ve helped someone or done something to make their day brighter, I feel like I’ve done something right,” she says, adding, “I truly enjoy helping people. We all do. That’s why we’re here.” After a recent vote of her Tombigbee Healthcare Authority coworkers, they let her know that she’s been doing a lot of things right when they chose her as the October 2007 Employee of the Month.

 

September 2007 Employee of the Month, Dorothy Brown

Dorothy Brown knows all the jokes about how awful hospital food can be, but she takes great pride in trying to debunk that myth. “We try our best to provide delicious, nutritious meals for our patients, co-workers and visitors,” she said. When it comes to her employer, her enthusiasm is infectious. “It’s great to be a part of such a terrific team of people,” she says with her broad grin. Dorothy contends that the dedication to providing quality service is one of the reasons she enjoys her job so much. Add to that the great benefits provided to employees and the fact that the organization recognizes achievement among it’s ranks, and you’ve got the perfect mix as far as she’s concerned. With her selection as the September 2007 Employee of the Month, apparently her co-workers recognize achievement, too. 

August 2007 Employee of the Month, Cathy Burton

With her second Employee of the Month nomination in as many years, housekeeper Cathy Burton continues to enjoy the challenges of her job. “I really enjoy my job, but I enjoy the people I work with even more,” Burton said. It’s a tough job, but it’s important that everything is clean for our patients,” she said. For the past decade, Cathy’s friendly smile has greeted patients and coworkers alike as she goes about her daily activities. “I really love working in the hospital. I get to meet and greet a lot of different people each day,” she says. Her coworkers are apparently very impressed with her as the 2006 Employee of the Month and overall 2006 Employee of the Year was recently named Employee of the Month yet again in 2007. 

July 2007 Employee of the Month, Annie Jones

Developing a close relationship with her patients is a major plus for Annie Jones, LPN. “Working with our patients gives me a sense of accomplishment," she says, "In home health, we get to really know our patients well which, in turn, helps us to better see to their needs.” Annie takes pride in her work and the work of her co-workers in the Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital Home Health Agency. “There’s nothing greater than helping someone feel better,” she says, “and in our organization, our patients come first.” Apparently her Tombigbee Healthcare Authority  coworkers are just as proud of Annie as she is of them, as was demonstrated when they chose her as their July 2007 Employee of the Month. 

June 2007 Employee of the Month, Belinda Williams

Helping area residents live happier, healthier lives is of utmost importance to Belinda Williams, Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant. “I think the hospital is the cornerstone of the community," she said. "We provide not only healthcare, but education, learning opportunities and exercise/wellness assistance, as well." As a LPTA Belinda enjoys working closely with her patients in physical therapy, as well as assisting homebound patients through the Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital Home Health Agency. Her cheerful grin and encouraging attitude play a major role in coaxing patients to go the extra mile in their recovery. That’s why her selection as Employee of the Month was such an easy choice for her coworkers.

May 2007 Employee of the Month, Betsy Adams

Helping the Wellness Center grow over the years is important to Betsy Adams. "It's a great feeling to watch this program grow," she said. "We've come a long way from a little room tucked down in the basement." For 28 years, Betsy has coaxed, cajoled and encouraged Wellness Center members to continue to work toward better health. Her vibrant smile and energetic attitude are key ingredients in the growth of the center from a small room with 8 machines to the much larger facility with 23 machines. In May, her coworkers officially recognized her contributions by naming her as the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority Employee of the Month. 

 

April 2007 Employee of the Month, Betty Hambright

Making sure our Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital patients get the tests they need is of major concern to Betty Hambright, a phlebotomist in the lab. “I love working in the lab. At the end of the day, I know I’ve made a difference,” she said. “The lab plays a major role in the treatment of our patients and we are very conscious of that fact.” For the past four years, Betty’s friendly smile and kind demeanor have helped to make BWWMH patients more comfortable when she’s drawing blood for tests. Betty takes pride in that fact that the lab has a very patient oriented atmosphere where the patients are the top priority. Apparently, her coworkers take pride in her, too, as they have named her the April 2007 Employee of the Month.

March 2007 Employee of the Month, Edna Essex

Helping people schedule medical tests at a time that is convenient for them is important to Central Booking Clerk Edna Essex. "I try to treat everyone just like I would my own family," she explains, "and that means taking that extra step when needed." For someone who loves talking on the phone, Edna’s job manning the Central Booking Office phone line is tailor-made for her personality. “I enjoy my job and those I talk to,” she says. “They’re all like family to me and I want them to feel that way, too.” Edna joined the Patient Accounting Services staff in 1989 and was named Employee of the Month in 1995 and 1998. Now she can add another year to her list as she’s been named the March 2007 Employee of the Month.

February 2007 Employee of the Month, Rachel Henton

As the first person many people see when they visit the emergency room, Senior ER Registrar Rachel Henton knows that helping others makes a difference. When someone visits our emergency room, we all do our best to make them as comfortable as possible," she says. “It’s very important to help other people when they are in need.” For the past 14 years, Henton has greeted patients with a sweet smile and caring disposition while gathering information necessary to make their visit go as smoothly as possible. “Working here makes me feel good because I’m helping others,” she says. Her caring attitude hasn’t gone unnoticed as her coworkers recently named her the February 2007 Employee of the Month.

 

January 2007 Employee of the Month, Ada Smith

Health Information Management clerk Ada Smith says that family atmosphere translates into better care for patients. "Even though we're handling charts, we’re also handling people’s lives and that’s very important," she says. Smith says that attention to detail is extremely important in a patient’s medical record. That’s why the HIM staff works so hard together to make sure that everything is done right. “I love working here, the people are so nice and everyone is dedicated to their jobs,” Smith said. Apparently, her co-workers think the same about her as they selected her as the January 2007 Employee of the Month.

 

December 2006 Employee of the Month, Alex Smith

For the past 21 years, orderly Alex Smith has dedicated himself to providing top quality services to our patients. “I really can’t imagine working anywhere else but Bryan Whitfield," he says." I really enjoy helping our patients. It's important to me to make them feel as comfortable as possible during their stay." Alex begins his days at 11 p.m. when many others are just going off to bed. From then until the end of his shift at 7 a.m., he tends to the needs of his patients with a comforting smile & helpful attitude that’s been recognized by his coworkers not once, but 4 times during his tenure. First chosen as an Employee of the Month in 1991, he was selected for that honor again in 1995, 2003, & most recently as December 2006 Employee of the Month.

October 2006 Employee of the Month, Patti Luker

Patti Luker sees working at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital more as a privilege than just a job. “I love it here. I wouldn’t work anywhere else,” she said. “At BWWMH, we all share a passion for helping people. It’s like we’re all just one family taking care of each other.” A lot has changed at BWWMH since Patti joined the staff on Oct. 2, 1978, but she says there’s one thing that hasn’t changed. “This is our extended family,” she says of her co-workers and her patients. “For us, our patients aren’t just numbers on a chart, they’re real people we know and truly care about.” Her coworkers recently showed her how much they care when they named her October’s Employee of the Month.

  

September 2006 Employee of the Month, Ernestine Kimbrough

 When Ernestine Kimbrough is in the kitchen at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital, she feels right at home. "I enjoy what I do and I enjoy the fact that others enjoy what I do, too," she says. A food services supervisor at the hospital for the past decade, Ernestine has been preparing delicious food for people since she was 13 years old. “It’s fun and challenging each day to make sure that everything comes out just right,” she says. Food isn’t the only thing she dishes out daily as she greets patients and coworkers each day with a big helping of sunshine via her megawatt smile and cheery disposition. “I like helping to cheer up the patients each morning. Everyone should start their day with a smile.” Apparently her coworkers agree with her on that point as they selected her as the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority Employee of the Month for September.

 

August 2006 Employee of the Month, Redd Smith
 For Redd Smith, the friendly environment at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital brightens his days. "I enjoy meeting the people who come through our doors each day," he says. "That’s why I’m here at 4:30 every morning. I enjoy the people I work with and I love my toys,” he adds with his trademark smile. The toys he’s referring to are the machines and equipment he uses in his job as a maintenance assistant and groundskeeper. Each morning finds Redd busily working to make sure that the hospital grounds are neat and well-kept, all the while greeting his co-workers and patients as they arrive each morning. His desire to serve others, attention to detail and friendly, humble spirit are some of the reasons his co-workers honored him as August’s TOMBIGBEE HEALTHCARE AUTHORITY Employee of the Month.  

July 2006 Employee of the Month, Charlotte Crepps
  For Charlotte Crepps, every day presents a chance for her to seek joy in helping others. "I get up every morning and I'm excited that I can come in to work," she says. "Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital recognizes that people are our greatest asset and to me, this is just a great place to work," the Patient Accounting Services employee explains. "Everyone has a job to do and everyone works together. Our jobs fit together like a puzzle that, when all the pieces are in place, works to meet the needs of our patients." Always quick with a smile and kind word for patients, visitors and coworkers alike, Charlotte first joined the staff at BWWMH in 1993. While she pursued other interests for a brief period in 2000, rejoining the staff here was "just the perfect thing for me to do." Apparently, her coworkers think so, too, as they named her the July 2006 Employee of the Month.

June 2006 Employee of the Month, Alex Moore
  Since joining the staff last year, Alex Moore has learned a lot about the hospital and the community it serves. "The respect you get from people when you tell them you work here makes you feel like someone special" he said, "Our community values and respects what we do here at Bryan Whitfield." While Alex has always called Demopolis home, it wasn't until he started working at BWWMH that he realized just how important it is to be able to live and work where he can help influence the health and well-being of his friends and family. As an assistant in Material Services, he helps make sure that the doctors and nurses have exactly what they need to care for our patients. For his coworkers, that dedicated attention to detail and his cheerful spirit made him an easy choice for the title of June Employee of the Month.

May 2006 Employee of the Month, Nancy Northcutt
  Nancy Northcutt enjoys being a part of a team that takes providing quality healthcare seriously. "We have a common goal...to give our patients the best possible care," she said, "It's all about the patient. That's why I'm here." As PI Coordinator for Patient Care Services at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital, Nancy is also part of a hospital-wide PI program. "There's always room for improvement in any situation, " she says, "and it's our job to find what needs improvement and to take care of it." To Nancy, helping to care for the sick is more a privilege than anything else. "I look forward to going to work. It makes it easier to start the day when you know you're going to help make a difference in someone else's life. With her cheerful smile and helping attitude, it's easy to see why her coworkers named Nancy as Tombigbee Healthcare Authority's May 2006 Employee of the Month.

April 2006 Employee of the Month, Landora Bullock
  Landora Bullock understands that everyone working together to care for patients is important. "Working here at Bryan Whitfield is like working with my family,” she says. "We like working with our patients. When a patient comes in, its important that we do our best to make them comfortable.” When Landora joined the BWWMH staff as an Imaging Clerk in 1996, she’d never worked anywhere else but at her family’s store. She was a little nervous at first, but she soon realized that her coworkers were caring people who did their best to take care of their patients. They were just like family. Apparently, that family feeling goes both ways as the BWWMH staff selected her as their April 2006 Employee of the Month.

March 2006 Employee of the Month, Alberta Greene
   When Alberta Greene joined the BWWMH Team in 2000, she was looking for a change. "The atmosphere here at Bryan Whitfield Hospital is just different," Greene says. "I feel a closeness here...it's more like a family gathering to accomplish a common goal than just going to a job." As a Medical Records Clerk in the Health Information Management Department, Alberta stands guard over her patients' privacy. "My goal is to make sure the records remain confidential while also assuring the physicians have the right information at their fingertips to help them make decisions about the right course of care." Her steadfast determination, coupled with her quite smile and good humor, made her selection as the March 2006 Employee of the Month an easy one for her co-workers.  

February 2006 Employee of the Month, Maurice Martin
   Teamwork is important to Maurice Martin, a maintenance mechanic at BWWMH for two years. “Everyone at BWWMH works together to benefit our patients,” he says. "If the equipment here doesn't work, the nurses can't do their jobs taking care of our patients." With a cheerful smile and kind word for coworkers and visitors each day, Maurice takes his job of keeping things running smoothly very seriously. “I like knowing that even though they may not see us, the maintenance team is helping take care of our patients.” His dedication to doing a job and doing it well is recognized by Maurice’s co-workers who recently named him Employee of the Month for February 2006.   

January 2006 Employee of the Month, Cathy Burton
   Housekeeper Cathy Burton enjoys helping her coworkers care for patients. “This is a great place to work. I look forward to going in every morning,” she says. “It’s important that we keep the hospital neat and clean for our patients.” Cathy recognizes the importance of her job at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital. “I like to make sure this place is germ free,” she says, “and I want to do my part to keep the infection rate down.” For 8 years, she’s greeted patients and employees alike with her trademark quiet smile & helpful spirit, always trying to do her best. Apparently her best is very good indeed according to her coworkers who named her the January 2006 Employee of the Month.  

December 2005 Employee of the Month, Kim Gibbs
   As a licensed physical therapist assistant, Kim Gibbs enjoys having the opportunity to help others. “It’s a good feeling to know you’ve helped change someone’s life,” she says. “My job is never the same each day. I enjoy the diversity.” For the past six years Kim Gibbs has cared for patients both in the Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department and in their own homes through the BWWMH Home Health Agency. “I enjoy working with a group of people who are genuinely dedicated to helping people return to their previous lifestyle,” she says. Apparently, that group of people are impressed by her dedication, too, as they selected her as the December 2005 Employee of the Month.

November 2005 Employee of the Month, Donald Richardson
   As an orderly who works on both floors of the hospital, Donald Richardson encounters a lot of people each day. “The atmosphere here is good and the people are friendly and nice,” he says. “I enjoy helping the patients and employees. This is a great place to work.” Since joining the Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital staff in February 2004, Donald Richardson has grown to really appreciate the hospital’s positive atmosphere and he really likes having the opportunity to help others. “I enjoy helping the sick,” he says, “It’s the little things you do for someone that make them feel better.” His ability to know just what’s needed is appreciated not only by patients, but also by his coworkers who selected him as the November 2005 Employee of the Month.

October 2005 Employee of the Month, Annie Jackson
   When a patient is in the hospital, the last thing Financial Counselor Annie Jackson wants them to worry about is their hospital bill. “I like being able to help our patients concentrate on getting better,” she says. “It’s my job to take care of any billing problems so the patient doesn’t have to worry about it. When a customer calls me to ask about their bill, I do whatever I can to take care of the situation,” says Jackson, who’s worked at the local hospital for 15 years. “It makes me feel good to know that I’m helping them concentrate on what’s more important...getting well.” Always cheerful and willing to lend a hand wherever she’s needed, Annie has garnered the respect of not only the patients she serves, but also that of her coworkers who selected her as the October 2005 Employee of the Month.  

September 2005 Employee of the Month, Willard Ferguson
   For security guard Willard H. Ferguson, Jr., working at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital isn’t just about having a job. “I truly enjoy helping co-workers as we work together, assisting patient with their needs,” he says. “Each day provides many opportunities to have a positive influence in the lives of patients and visitors. We all work together to make sure everyone has a pleasant experience here at the hospital. I am certainly thankful to be a part of this coordinated effort to improve the overall health of the community.” He adds that he considers it an honor, privilege and blessing from God to be part of what he refers to as Tombigbee Healthcare Authority's “absolutely amazing team of employees.” Apparently, they think the same of him as he was named Tombigbee Healthcare Authority's September 2005 Employee of the Month. 

August 2005 Employee of the Month, Natasha Horne
   For Natasha Horne, RN, the employees at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital are more than just coworkers. “At Bryan Whitfield, I feel more a part of a family than just a team member,” she says. Natasha, who works full time in Labor and Delivery, and part time in Oncology, brings that feeling of family to her patients. While the idea of juggling jobs in two very different parts of the hospital may seem difficult, Natasha feels she’s found the perfect balance. To her, being part of the joyous atmosphere of the miracle of birth is a very rewarding job while, at the same time, she also feels blessed to be able to help cancer patients increase their own quality of life. Her exuberance in both her jobs shines through to her patients and coworkers alike. That’s probably why they named her Tombigbee Healthcare Authority's August 2005 Employee of the Month.

July 2005 Employee of the Month, Christina Carr
  Helping give babies a healthier start on their future, while at the same time finding inspiration for her own, is what makes coming to work a pleasure for Christina Carr. “I like my job and the people I work with. They all provide inspiration for my future,” she says. “We have a great team of people who work very hard to make sure these babies have a good start in life. We’re making a difference.” Christina was fresh out of school with an Associate Degree in business when she joined the HealthStart Program over 5 years ago as a billing clerk. She says that her coworkers have served to inspire her to return to school to pursue a BS in business. Apparently, her hard work and determination have inspired them, as well, as they named her as the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority’s July 2005 Employee of the Month.

June 2005 Employee of the Month, Ginny Long
   For thirty years Ginny Long, LPN, has worked hard to make her patients and their families as comfortable as possible. “I’ve enjoyed working with the patients and their families. I try to do anything I can to make them feel better while they’re here.” When she began work at BWWMH for the first time on March 13, 1975 Ginny was excited about having the opportunity to help people. Thirty years later, that excitement & joy in her job hasn’t dimmed. “I enjoy the people I work with. I love my work & I enjoy what I do,” she says. “When I clock out every day, I know I’ve done my best to give it 100%.” `Her dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed by her co-workers who selected her as Tombigbee Healthcare Authority's June 2005 Employee of the Month.

 

May 2005 Employee of the Month, James Bishop
  “I’m proud of the job I do and the people I work with,” says James Bishop, Housekeeping Attendant. Since joining the staff at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital in 1988, James Bishop’s positive attitude has been a steady influence on his coworkers. “It’s important for all of us to do our best every day for our patients because serving them, and helping them get better is not just a job, it’s an honor.” For 17 years, James has kept the halls of his local hospital as shiny and bright as his disposition. “We have a great staff at BWWMH,” he says, “they’re all so friendly and helpful. It’s great to be able to work with these people to have a positive impact on others.” The admiration he feels for his co-workers is obviously a two-way street as they named him the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority’s May 2005 Employee of the Month.

 

April 2005 Employee of the Month, Annie Williams
    Working as a team to make sure that the patients at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital get what they need means a lot to nursing assistant Annie Williams. "I enjoy working together as a team to make a difference in someone's life," she says, adding that "our employees work hard every day to make sure that our patients have what they need when they're here. We try to do whatever we can to make them as comfortable as possible." With a soft spoken, caring attitude, Annie has set before herself each day one simple goal...to join her co-workers in making sure that BWWMH patients get the best care possible. Much loved by her patients, she was humbled when her co-workers expressed their appreciation of her dedication and caring by naming her as the TOMBIGBEE HEALTHCARE AUTHORITY Employee of the Month for April 2005. 

 

March 2005 Employee of the Month, Ethel Browne
    For Ethel Browne, her job as a Housekeeper at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital is much more important than just a paycheck. “Everyone wants to have a clean and clear environment, especially in a hospital setting. By keeping things clean, I’m helping our patients fight off germs,” she says. For 13 years Ethel has helped BWWMH maintain one of the lowest nosocomial infection rates in the country at less than 1%. When she hits the clock each day, she gives her best because to her, making someone’s life a little easier is much more important than just pulling a check on Friday. Recognizing her willingness to go the extra mile, her coworkers have chosen her as their March 2005 Employee of the Month.  

 

February 2005 Employee of the Month, Artemese Scott
   For Artemese Scott, Dietary Cashier, the past 12 years at Bryan have seen many changes. “It’s always been good to work here, but now it’s getting better,” she says. “This is a great group of people and I’m so proud to be a part of it.” Mese’s proud to be part of the crew that helped make BWWMH the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce’s latest Business of the Year. And, because of her loving spirit and efforts to make sure that everyone has a “blessed day”, that same crew is proud of her, too. That’s why they named her the February 2005 Employee of the Month.  

 

January 2005 Employee of the Month, Aloma Johnston
     No coach would go into a game without scouting the opposition. In the fight to keep area residents healthy, Aloma Johnston, Coding Coordinator at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital, knows just where to gather valuable game plan information. “I work to capture all of the disease processes with each patient, gathering the statistical data the helps us track outbreaks of any particular diseases in the area,” she explains. This helps medical personnel plan ways to curtail the spread of epidemic diseases. June 2005 will mark her 20th year as a TOMBIGBEE HEALTHCARE AUTHORITY employee and her love for her job and coworkers continues to grow with each year. “I love the feeling of accomplishment I get from working together with a successful team to take care of our patients.” That dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed by her coworkers, who named Aloma as the January 2005 Employee of the month.  

December 2004 Employee of the Month, Anne Ratliff
     Some women fail to have their annual screening mammogram either because they don’ have the time, or they’re just a little uncomfortable with the whole procedure. With almost 15 years of experience in mammography, Anne Ratliff, ARRT, knows how important early detection of breast cancer is to women. That’s why she strives daily to make it easy for women to access screening mammograms, and to make the actual experience as stress-free as possible for her patients. This caring attitude naturally spills over to her dealings with her coworkers. That’s why they chose her to be the December 2004 Employee of the Month.  

November 2004 Employee of the Month, Terrie Charleston
     When you have a question or need to speak to a hospital patient, Terrie Charleston is often the first person you’ll see or speak to at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital. As a PBX Clerk, Terrie spends her days helping visitors and callers make just the right connections. “I like helping people find the help they need and connecting patients with their loved ones.” Terrie says she loves her job and the coworkers who help make that job easier and more fulfilling. “No one wants to be sick, but if you are, it’s great to have a hospital close to home where people care about their patients,” she says. Her commitment to helping others and her cheerful smile made it easy for her coworkers to select her as the TOMBIGBEE HEALTHCARE AUTHORITY November 2004 Employee of the Month.  

October 2004 Employee of the Month, Ann Brown

     “I love helping people. And I really love being a part of helping people get well.” As a Central Supply Clerk at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital Ann Brown Makes sure that everyone who has direct patient contact has just what they need to take care of the patients. “I like to greet smile,” she adds. Her cheerful disposition and caring attitude are two of the reasons her fellow employees named her as the October 2004 Employee of the Month. Her dedication to the hospital and the patients it serves is another. “I encourage everyone to use our hospital because here, you know the people who are caring for you. You’re not just a number.”  

September 2004 Employee of the Month, Marsha Pugh
    For the past decade Marsha Pugh has clocked in at Bryan with a grin and a cheerful wave to all those who pass her in the hall. As the Administrative Assistant in the Human Resources Department, Marsha spends her days taking care of the details that make her coworkers’ lives run more smoothly. She helps process all new employees, introducing them to the organization and their new coworkers; she keeps track of employee benefits and payroll information; and she helps make sure employees are kept up to date on personnel matters, among other duties. Because she “mothers” them so well, her coworkers named her Employee of the Month of September 2004.  

August 2004 Employee of the Month, Evelyn Boykins
    Trying to figure out what your insurance has or has not paid on your hospital bill can make you feel like you’re wandering through a never-ending maze. That’s where Evelyn Boykins comes into the picture. As a financial counselor at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital, Evelyn can help you determine just what’s going on with your bill. She’ll also help you set up a payment plan that’s right for your family’s budget if you can’t handle the whole thing at one time. Her generous smiles, coupled with her helpful, can-do attitude are just two of the reasons her coworkers named her Employee of the Month of August 2004.  

July 2004 Employee of the Month, Cindy Yelverton
     For many children, the day they got their first chemistry set is one they’ve never forgotten. The excitement of conducting experiments that, hopefully, didn’t blow up in Mom’s kitchen was incredible. For our July 2004 Employee of the Month, Cindy Yelverton, MLT (ASCP), the thrill of conducting experiments never dimmed. As a Medical Laboratory Technician at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital, Cindy spends her days growing bacteria and conducting tests that help our doctors figure out what’s going on with their patients, and how best to treat them. She always has a smile for her coworkers while she’s busily working to do her part in the healing process.  

June 2004 Employee of the Month, Lenora Sams
     Since donning her apron as a Food Services Baker at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital in 1972, Lenora Sams has served up hundreds of cakes and thousands of cookies and other goodies to the hospital’s visitors and employees. Her confections and delicious dinner rolls ad just the right touch to any meal. When you combine her talent for baking wither consistently sweet disposition, you know why her coworkers think of her as the “Queen of Sweet” and why they named her Tombigbee Healthcare Authority's June 2004 Employee of the Month.  


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