Long wins Pelton Leadership Award

January 30, 2012

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Mike Long was named the winner of the Ray Pelton Leadership Award at the St. Joseph’s Mercy 2011 Service Awards and Recognition Dinner at Horner Hall at Hot Springs Convention Center.

Rebecca Ashcraft was named co-worker of the year while Dr. Randy Hill was named physician of the year. In all, 269 Mercy co-workers were honored for nearly 4,000 years of service. They included two 40-year honorees in ultrasound supervisor Linda Robbins and Donna Wallace, unit secretary on 2 East.

Long is the manager of Cardiac Rehabilitation at the Mercy Heart and Vascular Center. He was chosen for his commitment to the ministry, service leadership, collaborative thinking and teamwork. The award is named after Ray Pelton, who retired in 2006 after serving as Vice President of Human Resources.

 “Mike is a team player – period,” wrote St. Joseph’s Mercy’s Vicky Sanders in Long’s nomination letter. “He has always been involved in sports, and has carried the importance of teamwork with him throughout his career at mercy. He seeks input and advice when needed but also is comfortable making decisions and leading autonomously.”

The other Pelton Leadership Award nominees were Kevin Carlisle, Brenda Chase, Tammy Collins, Betsy Garrett, Ricky Harris, Cheryl Lewis, Loretta Sanford, Teresa Schnebly, Susan Spicher, Lanette Stineman, Toni Welch and Christine Woolems.

Four co-worker of the quarter winners were named throughout the year with the winner of the Co-Worker of the Year Award chosen from those. Ashcraft, a senior system analyst in the Lab was the fourth quarter winner. The other quarterly winners were Leonard Keenom, Liz Bright and Deana Smith.

The same procedure was used to present the Physician of the Year to Hill, who is a family medicine physician in the Medical Office Building. The other quarterly winners were Dr. Michael Atta, Dr. David Pruitt and Dr. Igor DeCastro.

The Patient Services Committee Presented an award to Pruitt, who is a Radiation Oncologist in the Mercy Cancer Center.

Team awards were presented to the Co-Worker Recognition Team, Telestroke Implementation Team and Value-Based Purchasing Team. Additional recognition was given to the Cardiovascular, Surgery, Women’s Services, Oncology Services, Neurology, Orthopedics, Emergency Room, Critical Care and Pediatric service lines.

Four co-workers were recognized for 35 years of service in Thresa Cook-Arthur, Rose Mary Merritt, Candis Oliver and Alice Williams. The 30-year service award winners included Michael Bodemann, Stephen Bodemann, Roy Brown, Diana Cooper, Carol Dixon, Terri Dobyns, Gayle Drobena, Dwight Ford, Lisa Hood, Betty Irvin, Sandra Lambert, Wanda Long, Wanda Mayberry, Michelle Meeks, Deborah Pakis, Linda Prather, Deloris Ritter, Kenneth Ross, Jane Vines and Tony Williams.

In addition to the awards, Sister Dorothy Calhoun, RSM, was presented with a plaque that will hang in the Calhoun Room at St. Joseph’s Mercy.

The plaque reads: “Since 1952, Sister Dorothy Calhoun, RSM, has dedicated her life to caring for others as a Sister of Mercy. In her 60-year career she has served as a nurse, administrator, chaplain, patient and c-worker advocate and community volunteer. As the Sisters of Mercy before her, she has shown innovative and compassionate leadership to provide excellence in service to the community of Hot Springs. We dedicate this room in her honor. Her example of compassion is one that we all aspire to follow.”

St. Joseph’s Mercy is a not-for-profit, faith-based health facility with 27 medical clinics serving the healthcare needs of Hot Springs and its surrounding communities since 1888. It is designated as the southwest region’s only Level II Trauma Center and the region’s most preferred provider of health care services. In 2012, St. Joseph’s Mercy will become Mercy Hospital Hot Springs.

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.

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