Star Thrower Award recipient announced at Hamilton - Hall 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

From left are Sandy McKenzie, Hamilton Medical Center COO; Mary Kwee, RN (Star Thrower finalist); Mike Allen, Emergency Department director; Holly Hall, RN (Star Thrower recipient); and Judean Bowling, Surgical Services director. David McAfee, Hamilton Emergency Medical Services paramedic (Star Thrower finalist), is not pictured. 

From left are Sandy McKenzie, Hamilton Medical Center COO; Mary Kwee, RN (Star Thrower finalist); Mike Allen, Emergency Department director; Holly Hall, RN (Star Thrower recipient); and Judean Bowling, Surgical Services director. David McAfee, Hamilton Emergency Medical Services paramedic (Star Thrower finalist), is not pictured. 

DALTON, Ga. – Holly Hall, RN in Hamilton Medical Center’s Emergency Department, 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.

Hall was nominated for going above and beyond by going to a potential patient’s residence to assist the patient in a non-medical, non-emergency situation. The patient requested help from a female Emergency Medical Services associate, but only male associates were available at the time. Hall was off duty at the time.

“I’m sure this made the patient feel better to know someone cared about her privacy as well as her physical well-being,” said Melissa Swinney, Central Business Office patient account representative lead.

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. Mary Kwee, RN, and David McAfee, Hamilton Emergency Medical Services paramedic, 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.