Appalachian Regional Healthcare honored employees from across its Kentucky and West Virginia system on Feb. 7 in Lexington.
Employee representatives from each ARH community who had been named as their respective hospital’s 2012 Annual CARES Winner were recognized during the system’s Board of Trustees meeting.
Middlesboro ARH Hospital’s winner is Judy Gulley, RN, a staff nurse in the hospital’s Outpatient Surgery Department.
Employed at ARH for more than 23 years, Gulley was nominated for the “tender loving care” that she provides to all of her patients, but especially to her pediatric surgical patients.
For the last five years, Gulley has personally purchased out of her own pocket cloth to sew bears and dolls, which she gives to pediatric patients and adults with special needs prior to surgery to help lessen their anxiety.
“Judy Gulley’s caring nature reminds me of these words in 1 Corinthians 13: ‘Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.’ I have heard numerous stories about how attentive and caring Judy is with her patients, going the extra mile is simply what she does for every patient, every time,” says Middlesboro ARH Community CEO Michael Slusher.
“Judy makes a difference in the lives of her patients, and we are proud to have her on our team,” adds Slusher.
To be named a CARES Award recipient, the honorees were nominated by their peers or patients in appreciation for their dedication and commitment to exceeding the ARH CARES Standards (Communication, Attentive, Respectful, Environment and Special) in their local community.
“These employees have been recognized as going above and beyond to care for our patients, the communities we serve and their co-workers,” ARH President and CEO Jerry W. Haynes said. “We are very proud of each of our CARES winners and sincerely appreciate their dedication to a health system that means so much to our communities.”