Star Thrower award recipients announced at Hamilton

Wednesday, April 06, 2016


DALTON, Ga. (March 24, 2016) – Three Hamilton Home Health associates were recently named as recipients of Hamilton Health Care System’s Star Thrower Award.  They include Traci Thomason, physical therapy assistant; Greta Beckler, physical therapist; and Andrea Swilling, physical therapist.

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.

Thomason, Beckler and Swilling were nominated for going above and beyond by helping meet the personal needs of a patient after family circumstances caused life challenges. With the assistance of a few other associates, Thomason, Beckler and Swilling arranged to get furniture, a new car battery and insurance coverage for the patient.

The award process allows associates from all over the System to provide feedback, based on the nominations of the finalists. “These associates helped someone facing not only health challenges, but challenging life circumstances,” said Jane Snipes, Whitfield Healthcare Foundation executive director. “Their collective efforts are to be greatly commended and serve as a reminder of our call to always be seeking ways to serve others.”

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. Ralph Whitmire, Maintenance, and Darlene Smithson, Pharmacy technician, had been nominated and were 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.