GREENEVILLE, TN – Long-standing Takoma Regional Hospital associates recently were honored with a special dinner that recognized nearly 545 years of service.
Carlyle Walton, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer, welcomed the crowd of associates and their families during the annual “Service Awards Banquet” at the Greeneville Seventh-day Adventist Church’s fellowship hall on March 17.
During the program, Walton quoted from Max DePree’s book, “Leadership is an Art,” noting: “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”
Walton said that everything worthwhile in life “begins and ends with service.” He noted that the model of a perfect servant is found in Jesus Christ.
Takoma Regional’s mission is to “extend the healing ministry of Christ,” and associates are called “to be His hands,” Walton said.
Walton himself was honored during the banquet for serving 10 years as Takoma’s “chief servant.”
Walton started working with Adventist Health System in 1988 and took the helm at Takoma Regional 10 years later. “His awards and accomplishments at Takoma have been many,” Jack Lister, human resources director, said while touting Walton.
Under Walton’s leadership, Lister continued, Takoma Regional has expanded its campus, adding a pediatrics unit and building the Takoma Medical Office Building; overseen a $6.5 million renovation project that included a new surgical unit, Emergency Department, lobby and Forget Me Not Gift Shoppe; created a new Sleep Lab; initiated the hospitalist program; acquired physician practices that resulted in the hiring of more than 70 new associates; was instrumental in getting a new Emergency Medical Services substation on campus to serve south Greene County; helped facilitate the partnership between Adventist Health System and Wellmont Health System; helped bring the Wellmont One Helicopter to the Takoma Regional campus; and overseen efforts to launch iConnect and the Computerized Physician Order Entry system at the hospital.
“Carlyle lives and breathes Takoma’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ,” Lister said. “He’s the first to introduce himself as our chief servant. His kind and helpful manner always makes everyone feel so comfortable in his presence.”
Walton was awarded a special plaque, engraved with Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Forty-nine associates were honored in all. Brenda Graham of Occupational Medicine was honored for working at Takoma Regional the longest -- 40 years. Patti Roberts, director of Greeneville Urgent Care and IndustriCare, said Graham had served with “dedication and loyalty” and is known for her “big heart.”
“Brenda knew as a little girl that she wanted to be a nurse,” Roberts said. “And she’s perfect at it. She can talk to anybody.”
Also honored were:
· Five years – Billy Bible, Mitzi Bowman, Casey Brown, Linda Brown, Tammy Brown, Jennifer Champion, Trisha Chesnut, Rickey Deyton, Rick Dietrich, Rhonda Hickey, Missy Jones, Brenda Justice, Nekia Kiker, Buddy Lane, Lloyd Lawing, Angie Metcalfe, Ponda Parton, Carolyn Seaton, Elaine Shelton, Robin Shelton, David Wente, Crystal Wilhoit and Dee Winter.
· 10 years – Susan Davis, Oydun Furches, Joellen Hamilton, Jeannette Lively, Christy Painter, Lynn Parks, Wendy Parks, Nikki Roberts, Gina Thornburg and Rhonda Watts.
· 15 years – Valerie Evans, Barbara Frye and Pat Johnson.
· 20 years – Ross Ricker, Debra Shope and Susie Wilds.
· 25 years – Alan Booker and Michael Collins.
· 30 years – Linnie Gillespie and Kathy Linebarger.
· Retirees – Billye Horne, Mary Ratajczak and Frances Shanks.