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Balloons and bills make Service First winners

Baptist Corporate

Linda Stutts, the Service First winner from Corporate, proves character can’t be bought. When she found a $20 bill and all attempts to find the owner failed, she donated the money to the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation. “Linda wanted to donate the money to the Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund,” said Pam LaCroix, a specialist in the Baptist Foundation. Putting others before herself, Linda inspired Pam and others. “The world would be a much better place if we took a life lesson from Linda about humanity, “added Pam.

Fellow Service First nominees Karen Hess and Albert Foster were also recognized for their tireless, patient work with coworkers and patients.

Baptist Union County

Three emergency department nurses at Baptist Union County surprised a team member with a song.  When Rheta Hamlet, RN, fell critically ill, she was airlifted to Memphis, missing an important personal tradition. Every year, Rheta visits a rural cemetery on her late daughter Danna’s birthday, bringing balloons and singing “Happy Birthday.”

Knowing the situation, Amanda Douglas, RN; Bonnie Hancock, RN; and Michelle King, RN left work after a 12-hour shift, found the cemetery and carried on Rheta’s tradition. The nurses sent Rheta a video of the impromptu party and singing—complete with balloons and candles. “The compassion and concern that Amanda, Bonnie, and Michelle demonstrated for Rheta exemplifies what a Service First Champion should be,” said Walter Grace, CEO and Administrator.

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