|In the front is Anna Fleming, LPN, recipient of the Star Thrower Award. In the back, from left, are Daryl Fagan, physical therapy assistant and Star Thrower finalist; Ed Cuthbert, Hamilton Emergency Medical Services supervisor and Star Thrower finalist.|
DALTON, Ga. – Anna Fleming, LPN on Hamilton Medical Center’s
surgical unit, 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.
Fleming was nominated for going above and beyond while taking care of a patient. The patient wasn’t able to leave the hospital but wanted to go fishing, a favorite pastime. Fleming constructed a fishing pole and line including a magnet at the end of the line. She cut paper fish out and attached a paperclip to the end of the fish so the patient could go fishing.
“The patient and spouse were so excited and appreciative of Anna's attentiveness,” said Hannah Jones, RN, clinical resource nurse. “Anna is a great example of outstanding customer service. She is a team player who is always willing to go the extra mile.”
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. Ed Cuthbert, Hamilton Emergency Medical Services supervisor, and Daryl Fagan, Bradley Whiteside Rehabilitation physical therapy assistant, 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.