Star Thrower Award recipient announced at Hamilton - Castillo

Friday, June 20, 2014

From left are Sandy McKenzie, COO; Miranda Banks, Star Thrower finalist; Paul Celia, Maintenance director; Erasmo Castillo, Star Thrower recipient; Rick Cobb, Hamilton Emergency Medical Services Director; and Ernie Verhine, Star Thrower finalist.
From left are Sandy McKenzie, COO; Miranda Banks, Star Thrower finalist; Paul Celia, Maintenance director; Erasmo Castillo, Star Thrower recipient; Rick Cobb, Hamilton Emergency Medical Services Director; and Ernie Verhine, Star Thrower finalist.

DALTON, Ga. – Erasmo Castillo, Grounds supervisor, 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.

Castillo was nominated for going above and beyond his job on a consistent basis and always being willing to help in whatever way possible, without complaining and always with a smile. The nomination specifically mentioned him taking care of sidewalks, parking lots and driveways in harsh weather.

“Erasmo does go above and beyond,” said Gay Ann Talley, Guest and Volunteer Services supervisor. “He has an amazing work ethic and shows respect to everyone. He has been nothing but kind to everyone I’ve seen him come into contact with. I’m proud to know him.  He does his work quietly and quickly, and he never bothers anyone – just does his job and always is smiling when I see him.”

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. Miranda Banks, Kids Korner attendant at Bradley Wellness Center, and Ernie Verhine, emergency medical technician (EMT) at Hamilton Emergency Medical Services, 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.