Two Takoma Regional Hospital employees were honored Wednesday night with the first-ever “Crystal Dove Award,” recognizing them for personifying the hospital’s mission to be “an extension of the healing ministry of Christ.”
Daniel Wolcott, Takoma Regional’s president and CEO, announced that Mary Ann Monk, a licensed practical nurse in the endoscopy lab, and Garth Eddy, cardiac sonographer in Imaging Services, were both winners of this new award during the annual “Service Awards Banquet” held at the General Morgan Inn.
“I asked Mary Ann how she integrates her faith into her work and she said: ‘This is my mission field. God put me here for a reason – to encourage people, patients and co-workers,’” Wolcott said.
Monk’s co-workers praised her for her tireless enthusiasm and encouragement for others, noting that she throws special parties each month for their birthdays or other holidays.
Monk, who also was honored for her 15 years of service at Takoma, simply explained: “Everyone should have a special day – everyone deserves something special.”
Eddy was recognized for his deep compassion for his patients. “Garth’s compassion comes from his own difficult experiences,” Wolcott said. “He shares some of his own story with his patients and tells them that he knows what they’re going through.”
He was noted for taking the time recently to fix a patient’s crutches, even though he had to search around the hospital for a screw driver. And, Eddy even recently took time off from work to accompany a frightened patient to a cancer center.
Wolcott noted that both Monk and Eddy “reflect our mission, live out our vision and embody our values.”
In other business, 44 associates and three retirees were honored for their combined 520 years of service. Each received a certificate and special gift.
“Each award recipient tonight has reached a milestone in their journey as a Takoma associate,” Wolcott said. “For some of you, this milestone represents your entire career. For others, this marks the first five years of a journey we hope lasts many more years. Each day, each month, each year makes a difference. Our mission, our vision, our values are lived out one associate and one patient at a time. Because our mission states that we exist to extend the healing ministry of Christ, our work is sacred. As we spend a little time celebrating each associate tonight, please remember that we are celebrating sacred work.”
Retirees Barbara Myers, Penny Pennington and the late Barbara Dobson were recognized. A white rose was left in an empty chair, recognizing Dobson who died last week.
A special video collage with comments from coworkers was shown for those associates present with 20 or more years of service. Janice Morelock was honored for 40 years of service; Keith Smith for 35 years; and Blanche Brown and Jana Cantrell for 30 years.
Also honored were: Gwyn Southerland, 25 years; and Virginia Gluck, Renee Lowery, Ken Neubrander, Patti Roberts and Joyce Solomon, 20 years.
Other award winners were: Dickey Carter, Frances Champion, Judy Liebers, Sharon Mantooth, Mary Ann Monk and Evelyn Teague, 15 years; Alice Brooks, Paul Haddox, Angie Horner, Kathy Kimery, Jane Rowland and Sarah Sluss, 10 years; and Tammy Boitz, Tamara Britton, Stacie Metcalf, Sue Burgess, Deanna Cansler, nurse practitioner Margeaux Clements, Christy Collins, Stephanie Darnell, Dr. William Diebold, Lori Dunn, Sherry Evans, Harold Frady, Jodi Gemmer, Joann Kirk, Marnie Knight, Judy Morrison, Leanne Murvin, Page Reppond, Jessie Tyree, Janice Whelan, Robert Wilkerson and Bambi Winter, five years.