The Tulip Award is a program to honor and celebrate clinical support co-workers for the exceptional care they provide in support of the nursing staff. The Professional Development Shared Governance Council at Mercy Hospital Jefferson selects these honorees each quarter from nominations submitted by patients, visitors and co-workers.
Kassie Mills, patient care associate, earned the Tulip Award for the exceptional care she provides in the progressive care unit (PCU) at Mercy Hospital Jefferson.
A co-worker nominated Mills by writing: “Kassie is the type of person who genuinely cares about all her patients and co-workers. We had a difficult patient who had fallen, was anxious and dealing with some mental health issues. On this day, I was assigned to him as his PCA. Kassie had worked with him a few days prior and on that day, without anyone asking, she got a wheelchair and offered to wheel him around the unit. She said, ‘I know he just gets so anxious sitting alone in his room all day and this way you and the nurses can tend to the other patients. Kassie does not come to work thinking about how much money she is going to make that day or how soon her shift will be over. She comes to work with a passion to serve others that she couldn’t hide if she tried. You hear her tenderness and the concern she has for everyone on the unit in her voice and in her actions. She is the person I would want taking care of me or my loved one. She believes in the value of each human being as a given, not that they have to be her patient, or good enough; she just values who they are, wherever they are in life. She is a special person, and we are all thankful to have her on our team.”
Congratulations to Deborah McNail, patient care associate, for earning the Tulip Award for the exceptional care she provides in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU) at Mercy Hospital Jefferson.
A co-worker nominated McNail by writing: “Deb provided bedside spiritual comfort to a dying COVID patient when their family was unable to be there. Through prayer, touch and music, she helped escort her patient to the next life. She made sure her patient was provided with all the spiritual comfort necessary. The patient passed peacefully during the Lord’s prayer. Thank you, Deb, for going above and beyond for your patients.”
Macayla Blair, patient care associate, earned the Tulip Award for the exceptional care she provides in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Mercy Jefferson.
A co-worker nominated Blair by writing: “Macayla is always great to work with. She has a positive attitude and constantly looks for ways to help the staff. She keeps the units stocked and clean. She always wears a smile, which spreads to everyone and is such an asset during these stressful shifts. Great job, Macayla!”