Star Thrower Award recipient announced at Hamilton - Debbie McTaggart

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DebbieM: In the front, from left, are Star Thrower Award finalists Sue Stevens, Imaging resource specialist; Debbie McTaggart, personal care attendant and on-site coordinator for the Independence Plus Program at Royal Oaks (award recipient); and Kim Walker, Admissions officer. In the back are representatives from the team that facilitates the Star Thrower Program and a nominee supporter. From left are Caron Peavey, Ryan Miller, Sherron Taylor, Tasha Sanford, Shelia Baker and Andrea Gittings.
In the front, from left, are Star Thrower Award finalists Sue Stevens, Imaging resource specialist; Debbie McTaggart, personal care attendant and on-site coordinator for the Independence Plus Program at Royal Oaks (award recipient); and Kim Walker, Admissions officer. In the back are representatives from the team that facilitates the Star Thrower Program and a nominee supporter. From left are Caron Peavey, Ryan Miller, Sherron Taylor, Tasha Sanford, Shelia Baker and Andrea Gittings.

 DALTON, Ga. – Debbie McTaggart, personal care attendant and on-site coordinator for the Independence Plus Program at Royal Oaks, 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.

McTaggart was nominated by the family member of a former resident at Royal Oaks for going above and beyond in taking care of the resident. The nominator praised McTaggart’s smile, winning personality and consistently positive attitude.

“Debbie is one of the most warm and caring persons I know, and she always has a smile on her face and hearty laugh,” said Barbara Nigh, Royal Oaks receptionist. “She displays complete professionalism, yet makes each resident she deals with feel like family. She is caring and always goes the extra mile. This world needs a few more ‘Debbies!’”

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. Sue Stevens, Imaging resource specialist, and Kim Walker, Admissions officer, 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.