Star Thrower Award Recipient - Pam Ackerman

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

 In the front, from left, are Walter Arms, volunteer; Joel Phillips, volunteer; Star Thrower Award finalist John McKinney, MRI technologist; Star Thrower Award recipient Pam Ackerman, volunteer; Star Thrower Award finalist Greg Haddock, senior MRI technologist; Lucilla Cuaresma, volunteer; and Ryan Miller, Star Thrower Team member. In the back are Sherron Taylor, Star Thrower Team member; Lynn Horton, Star Thrower Team member; Caron Peavey, Star Thrower Team member; Mark Ackerman, award recipient’s husband; and Rickey Ackerman, award recipient’s son.
In the front, from left, are Walter Arms, volunteer; Joel Phillips, volunteer; Star Thrower Award finalist John McKinney, MRI technologist; Star Thrower Award recipient Pam Ackerman, volunteer; Star Thrower Award finalist Greg Haddock, senior MRI technologist; Lucilla Cuaresma, volunteer; and Ryan Miller, Star Thrower Team member. In the back are Sherron Taylor, Star Thrower Team member; Lynn Horton, Star Thrower Team member; Caron Peavey, Star Thrower Team member; Mark Ackerman, award recipient’s husband; and Rickey Ackerman, award recipient’s son. 

 DALTON, Ga– Pam Ackerman, volunteer, 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.

Ackerman was nominated for dedicating extra time to a delicate situation involving the loss of a newborn child. Ackerman stayed past the end of her shift to offer consolation to the family.

“Being a mother myself and knowing the love we have for our babies, Pam was so kind and helpful in this very sad outcome,” said Laura Barnes, Bradley Wellness Center fitness coordinator. “Nothing can replace that child, but the empathy and time shared is a gift that will be long remembered.”

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. Greg Haddock, senior MRI technologist, and John McKinney, MRI technologist, were nominated and recognized.

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.