Star Thrower Award recipient announced at Hamilton- Jennie Banks

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pictured are Star Thrower Award finalists and representatives from the team that facilitates the Star Thrower Program. From left are Shelia Baker, Guest and Volunteer Services director; Tauna Tucker, ultrasound technologist, finalist; Jennie Banks, Critical Care director, award recipient; Gary Carter, Food Services ambassador, finalist; and Ryan Miller, Food Services director.   

Pictured are Star Thrower Award finalists and representatives from the team that facilitates the Star Thrower Program. From left are Shelia Baker, Guest and Volunteer Services director; Tauna Tucker, ultrasound technologist, finalist; Jennie Banks, Critical Care director, award recipient; Gary Carter, Food Services ambassador, finalist; and Ryan Miller, Food Services director.

DALTON, Ga. – Jennie Banks, Critical Care director, 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.

Banks was nominated for going above and beyond on her day off. Banks was asked to assist in a challenging patient situation. The patient needed additional care but did not want to agree to the plan of care unless someone took care of the patient’s animals. Banks volunteered to assist in caring for the animals so the patient could get needed care.

“Jennie has always been a very compassionate person who is willing to go above and beyond for her staff, patients and patient family members,” said David Hawthorne, Pharmacy project coordinator. “She has shown this during her time in our Emergency Department and now in Critical Care.”

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. Tauna Tucker, ultrasound technologist, and Gary Carter, Food Service ambassador, 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.