Star Thrower Award recipient announced: Rene Czerkasij

Friday, February 22, 2013

Star Thrower Award finalist (in front):Caron Cobb, Rene Czerkasij (award recipient), and Angie Hughes.  In back: Sherri Scrogginds, James Hazel, Sherron Taylor, and Shana Whiteford
In the front, from left, are Star Thrower Award finalists Caron Cobb, intake nurse for Hamilton Home Health; Rene Czerkasij, occupational therapist for Hamilton Home Health (award recipient); and Angie Hughes, patient account coordinator for Hamilton Regional Cancer Institute. In the back are Sherri Scroggins, Hamilton Home Health clinical program coordinator; James Hazel, Hamilton Home Health physical therapy supervisor; Star Thrower Team member Sherron Taylor, LPN for Hamilton Medical Center maternity care; and Shana Whiteford, director of Hamilton Regional Cancer Institute.
Hamilton’s Star Thrower Program was patterned after the following story:
 Making a Difference
An old man walked up a shore littered with thousands of starfish, beached and dying after a storm. A young man was picking them up and flinging them back into the ocean. “Why do you bother?” the old man scoffed. “You’re not saving enough to make a difference.” The young man picked up a starfish and sent it spinning back to the water. “Made a difference for that one,” he said.

DALTON, Ga.– Rene Czerkasij, occupational therapist for Hamilton Home Health, was recently named as a recipient of Hamilton Health Care System’s Star Thrower Award.

The award is a way to recognize associates who perform an act that goes above and beyond his or her job function and consistently demonstrates Hamilton’s values – professionalism, respect, integrity, diligence and excellence.

Czerkasij was nominated for organizing a group of volunteers to help a homebound patient. The patient and spouse are both in poor health, without family to assist them. The patient, who uses a power chair, was unable to leave home due to clutter in pathways. Czerkasij and volunteers removed a large trailer full of clutter from the home so the patient could safely leave her home.

“Rene has a genuine care for others,” said Bo Callaway, director of Hamilton Home Health and Hamilton Hospice. “She sees an issue or problem and searches for a solution. She seems to always come up with ideas and plans to help those in need. She is a great asset to Home Health and the community.”

Two other associates were recognized as runners up for the award and were nominated for going above and beyond their job functions in supporting patients or coworkers. Angie Hughes, patient account coordinator for Hamilton Regional Cancer Institute, and Caron Cobb, intake nurse for Hamilton Home Health, were nominated and recognized.