Star Thrower Award recipients announced at Hamilton - Claudia Rosa and Mark Watanabe

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Star Thrower Award Dec 2014
In the front, from left, are Claudia Rosa, interpreter/patient representative and Star Thrower recipient; Mark Watanabe, interpreter/patient representative and Star Thrower recipient; Tiffany Coker, certified occupational therapy assistant and Star Thrower finalist; and Jim Murphy, registered physical therapy assistant and Star Thrower finalist. In the back are Shelia Baker, Guest and Volunteer Services director; Kevin Roberts, director of Rehab and Wellness Services; Jeff Myers, president and CEO; and Bo Callaway, director of Hamilton Home Health. 

DALTON, Ga.- Claudia Rosa and Mark Watanabe, interpreters/patient representatives, were recently named as recipients 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.

Rosa and Watanabe were nominated for providing a high level of compassion in a delicate situation with patient family members. Each of them stayed beyond their scheduled time to provide service. “These team members truly went above and beyond,” said Terri Woodruff, RN, clinical manager. “I am forever grateful to each of them. Thanks for bringing them onto our team!” 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. Tiffany Coker, certified occupational therapy assistant, and Jim Murphy, registered 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.