GREENEVILLE, TN – Long-standing Takoma Adventist Hospital associates recently were honored with a dinner at Link Hills Country Club that recognized their many years of service.
Jack Lister, Human Resources director, welcomed the crowd of associates and their families and read the hospital’s vision statement: “It is our passion to create a healing sanctuary for all those whose lives we touch. Takoma Adventist Hospital will be recognized for superior technology and unparalleled service excellence provided by a team of highly qualified, caring professionals who demonstrate the joy of service.”
Lister added that, “As associates, everything we do should relate back to that vision statement.”
Hospital Chaplain Jan Leffers gave the invocation, and Chief Executive Officer Carlyle Walton delivered the keynote address.
Walton shared an article he had recently read in an Atlanta newspaper about a special education teacher who drove a limousine at night to earn money for graduate school. The young teacher drove a wealthy couple around the city for one week and was surprised to receive an offer to submit a “wish list” for his classroom.
A few days later, when the teacher emailed a response to their offer, he was even more surprised to receive a check in the mail for $5,000.
The couple then asked him for another classroom request, and subsequently sent him a check for $25,000.
On a return visit to Atlanta, the wealthy couple asked the teacher about his plans for the future. The man explained that he was saving to return to college, and the couple told him to “stop saving and go to school.” The couple paid for his entire graduate school costs, asking only that he do something nice for someone else, which the teacher promised to do.
Walton encouraged the honorees to also make a difference in the lives of others. He closed by re-reading the hospital’s vision statement.
“When you experience the joy of service, when you choose to be part of our healing sanctuary, you will make God proud,” Walton added. “I hope we all serve with that passion and make God proud.”
The following Takoma employees, called “associates,” received service awards:
Five years -- Ellen Adamo, a perinatal registered nurse; Jennifer Davis, a certified nursing assistant; Garth Eddy, an ultrasound technician; Beth Franklin, a billing specialist; Rhonda Judd, a receptionist; Bernadette Keys, director of intensive care; Christa Miller, document data controller; Angela Quillen, director of imaging services; Brenda Robbe, unit clerk; Frances Shanks, certified nursing assistant; Debra Waddell, a registered nurse; Jennifer Barham, a registered nurse; Vona Brotherton, a registered nurse and patient care supervisor; Kelly Coulston, a registered nurse; Lawanda Darnell, a perinatal registered nurse; Wendy Fairchild, director of obstetrics, gynecological and neonatal care; Opal Gregg, an ultrasound technologist; Janie Hawk, an environmental services technician; Colleen Jennings, a respiratory therapist; Millie Land, a registered nurse; Donna Last, an admission leader; Mary Sue Luttrell, a medical technologist; Mary McKay, a perinatal registered nurse; Penny Pennington, coding supervisor; Sharon Ricker, an outpatient clerk; Teresa Ricker, a CT technologist; Sue Scofield, office coordinator; Joyce Smith, mammography coordinator; and Regina Wilhoit, perinatal registered nurse.
10 years – Reta Darnell, sterilization technician; Deanie Evans, office coordinator; Cindy Luttrell, director of social and customer services; Gloria Thompson, food service aide; Diane Coffey, director of outpatient rehabilitation services; Kim Miller, perinatal registered nurse; Linda Preston, a registered nurse; Dawn Rader, scheduling coordinator; Debra Rader, respiratory technician; Judy Shuler, a registered nurse; Vickie Stills, director of Home Health Services; Susan Tollefsen, a registered nurse; and Tammy Waddell, radiology technologist II.
15 years – Edgardo Bermudez, director of laboratory services; Deanna Collins, sterilization coordinator; Brenda Johnson, a registered nurse; Lisa Faulkner, buyer; Joann Tweed, nursing assistant; and Kathy White, billing specialist.
20 years – Sarah Morrison, a unit clerk; Debra Baines, stock clerk; and Mary Peters, perinatal registered nurse
25 years – Shirley Johnson, an environmental services technician II: Norma Ritchey, outpatient coder; and Vickie Waddell, a perinatal registered nurse.
30 years – Brenda Cansler, a licensed practical nurse; and Millie Cooter, registered nurse.
35 years – Anne Weems, registered nurse.
Alice Marshall, a certified nursing assistant, who is retiring after 14 years of service, also was recognized.
The banquet was held May 15.