The Difference Maker Award recognizes EXTRAORDINARY moments of care and service to patients, co-workers, physicians, visitors, and the community. These moments go “above and beyond” the great care and caring our employees, physicians and volunteers provide every day.
You can read the about the amazing acts of those who received this award below.
Kelly Solorio, Venessa Badillo
September 1, 2023
After a patient with an infant had an appointment at the Barnett Road Medical Building, the mother and child faced transportation delays because of an issue with the public transportation she had taken to get to her appointment. This resulted in a three-hour wait for the transportation service to arrive. The baby was hungry, and the mother had forgotten formula at home. Kelly called the transportation service to expedite pickup and checked for formula samples at the OB/GYN department, but none were available. Vanessa reached out to our friends across the street at The Women’s Clinic who were able to provide formula and bottles for the patient. After the baby ate, Kelly arranged a Lyft ride for them. Their compassionate efforts and quick thinking made a significant difference, highlighting their dedication to patient care during a challenging time. Kelly and Vanessa, you are examples of true Difference Makers!
August 28, 2023
Heather goes above and beyond for her patients, showing genuine concern for their emotional and financial well-being. One remarkable example happened when a patient left his appointment against medical advice after the distressing news of a cancer diagnosis. Later, he requested his medical records by phone with Heather who sensed his emotional struggle and knew that providing paperwork alone would worsen his distress. Instead, she took proactive measures and involved Patient Relations who helped schedule a doctor’s appointment with the patient. This compassionate approach allowed the patient to process the diagnosis with the support of a caring team. Heather, your empathetic and thoughtful actions will leave a lasting impact on this man’s journey – thank you for being a Difference Maker!
August 6, 2023
A young patient was to have surgery and unexpectedly needed to stay overnight at the hospital. Understandably, the patient’s mom was unprepared for the stay. Meanwhile, the father was taking care of a sibling. The day had been very difficult. Ruth, PACU, empathized with the mom, bonding and learning about her situation. After her shift, Ruth bought clothes, a stuffed dinosaur for the patient, and snacks. She visited the patient’s room, offering much-needed compassion and support. Ruth’s actions demonstrated genuine care, going above and beyond for the patient and mom in their time of need. Thank you for your example of leadership and compassion, Ruth; you model a Difference Maker!
August 6, 2023
Amy, Pharmacy Operations Manager, inquired about ordering a medication for a patient who was staying at United Regional with a medical condition that required extensive paperwork and a lengthy process due to the nature of the medication. Amy stepped in and discovered that the patient had a supply of this medication at the facility in which the patient lived. Amy took the initiative to contact the facility, ensuring permission to retrieve the medication. She personally drove to the facility, collected the medication, and brought it back to the hospital. Amy, thank you for going the extra mile to meet the patient’s needs. You are a Difference Maker!
June 6, 2023
Megan, Social Work/Nurse, goes above and beyond for the staff in her department, as well as our patients and their families. Recently, she encountered a complex case in which a patient moved from Missouri to Texas along with her daughter and grandchildren, after the tragic loss of the patient’s son-in-law. Hearing it was the birthday of one of the grandchildren, and knowing the family had few belongings, Megan took it upon herself to provide gifts, cupcakes, and sleeping bags for all of the grandchildren. Her compassion truly demonstrates her servant’s heart. Thank you, Megan, for being a Difference Maker!
Chrystyna Adams and Cindy Stumbo
June 3, 2023
Chrystyna and Cindy, Med Surg 6W, found themselves caring for a patient in need of hospice care. The patient’s son had recently endured the heartbreaking loss of his mother and brother and had been planning to treat his father to a steak dinner for his birthday. Chrystyna and Cindy, along with other staff members, came together for this family who had been through so much. Staff bought cupcakes, party supplies, a candy bouquet, and a gift card to Texas Roadhouse for the patient and his son. To you all, thank you for going above and beyond to provide care to this family. Chrystyna and Cindy, you are truly Difference Makers!
March 31, 2023
When a patient confided in April, Transition Clinic, about her financial struggles and worries about providing Christmas gifts for her children, April took matters into her own hands. She purchased gifts for the children, wrapped them, labeled them, and delivered them to the woman at her next appointment. April’s generosity brought joy to a family who was struggling; she most certainly made a positive difference! Thank you, April, for being a Difference Maker.
March 27, 2023
While caring for an asthmatic child in the Emergency Department, Amy, Respiratory Therapy, noticed that the child’s mother and siblings had not left his side at any point to get anything to eat. When it was determined that the young boy would be admitted to the hospital, Amy took time to go to the Dining Room and get drinks and snacks for the family. They were so grateful for Amy’s thoughtfulness and generosity. Thank you, Amy, for being a Difference Maker!
March 21, 2023
Abigail, 7 Center, learned that her patient had just recently lost her husband. What would have been their 52-year anniversary was approaching, and it would be the first anniversary she would celebrate without him. The date happened to be the same as Abigail’s wedding anniversary. Abigail took time on that date, even though it was her day off, to bring the woman a cake and wish her a happy anniversary. Her thoughtfulness made a positive difference for her patient on what was sure to be a difficult day. Thank you, Abigail, for being a Difference Maker!
March 17, 2023
Kendall, 4 Center, was caring for a woman who was not doing well. The woman expressed to Kendall that she wished for a specific meal that was not served in the hospital Dining Room. Kendall went above and beyond to ensure her wish was granted. She called around to several restaurants until she found someone who served the meal. Kendall paid for the food and delivered it to the patient’s room. Kendall’s actions brought joy to her patient and brightened her spirits during a difficult time. Congratulations, Kendall, on being a Difference Maker!
March 3, 2023
Natalie, 4 Center, was caring for a woman who was struggling to choose a facility for her continued care after leaving the hospital. The patient felt frustrated and overwhelmed with the decision to be made. Natalie took a list of facilities and an iPad and spent time going over options until the woman was able to make a decision. Natalie’s compassion and empathy made a positive difference for her patient that day. Congratulations, Natalie, on being a Difference Maker!
February 22, 2023
Nancy Pounds, Emergency Preparedness Screener, demonstrated what it means to live our purpose of making a positive difference in the lives of others. A woman had come from out of state to visit her father in the hospital. The woman wrote to United Regional, describing the moment a stranger, Nancy, showed her love and compassion, which was essential in her time of need. “I began to cry; my dad was dying,” she said. “She took one look at my face and enveloped me in a hug and just held me. That love was something I was desperately in need of at the time. When my father passed, I was thankful she was at her post because we cried together. She will always have a special place in my heart.” Nancy’s actions made a positive difference that day. Congratulations, Nancy, on being a Difference Maker!
January 9, 2023
Angela, Cardiology, had a wheelchair-bound patient who was a resident of a long-term care facility. She had no family nearby, and no one accompanied her to the hospital for her procedure.
Upon discharge, the patient asked Angela to take her by the gift shop so she could look at the snow globes through the window. The woman explained she had no décor in her room at the facility. While the woman looked through the window, Angela went inside the gift shop and bought her a snow globe. Angela’s generous gift brought the woman to tears. She was so appreciative of Angela’s kindness. Angela’s thoughtfulness made a positive difference in this patient’s life. Congratulations, Angela, on being a Difference Maker!
January 4, 2023
An elderly high-risk patient was diagnosed with COVID-19 recently and due to her medical needs, was unable to make it to the clinic to be seen. David Ferguson, NP, URPG Advanced Practice Provider, scheduled a home visit with the patient. While he was in the home, the patient’s caregiver, her son, became unresponsive. David cared for him until help could arrive and then stayed with the patient in her home because she could not be left alone to care for herself. During that time, David reached out to all the patient’s contacts until he was able to find someone who could care for her. His actions that day made a positive difference in not only the patient’s life but also the life of her son.
December 23, 2022
A patient who had just left an appointment at the URPG Barnett Road location walked back into the clinic very distraught. She approached Alex Rojas, inquiring if someone had turned in a set of keys she had misplaced. The patient then anxiously expressed that her blood sugar was plummeting, and she needed help. Alex immediately responded by getting the patient a wheelchair so she would not fall. Alex then went to the employee area and purchased a drink and some snacks on her own accord and brought them to the patient. Alex went above and beyond to help this patient and made a positive difference in her life that day.
December 22, 2022
Recently, a pediatric patient from out of town was hospitalized. The patient’s parents were staying in the hospital room. Alishia Early took the initiative to make personal hygiene baskets for the parents. She also took it upon herself to take their laundry home, wash it, and return it so the parents did not have to leave their child and travel the long distance home. Alishia truly has a servant’s heart and her caring and compassion truly made a positive difference for this family.
December 21, 2022
Bobby Hernandez made a significant difference in the life of another when he went above and beyond for a patient in a difficult situation. Bobby worked diligently to coordinate next day care with an outside ophthalmologist for the patient and, by his efforts, saved the patient’s eyesight.
December 5, 2022
Aimee Amador, 8C, was caring for a patient who was taking a taxi home upon discharge from the hospital. The patient expressed concern about being able to get into her home alone. Aimee went above and beyond by driving by the patient’s home after her shift ended to check on the woman. She was sitting on her porch. Aimee helped her inside and made sure she was safe and comfortable. Aimee’s selfless actions and empathy for others made a positive difference in her patient’s life that day. Congratulations, Aimee, on being a Difference Maker!
December 1, 2022
Rhonda Corbel, Cath Lab, witnessed a vehicle rollover accident in front of her home. She went out to assist and stayed with the victim, keeping him calm until help could arrive. Rhonda’s swift actions and compassion made a positive impact in a difficult situation. Congratulations, Rhonda, on being a Difference Maker!
November 30, 2022
Emilia Villareal, Patient care Services, took on the responsibility of precepting a newly-hired team member. Following the training, Emilia continued to develop a trusting relationship and mentorship with her. While working independently, the new team member experienced a medical emergency and felt comfortable reaching out to Emilia for assistance. As things unfolded, she needed to have emergency surgery. Emilia took her break time to check in on her and comfort her family, who only spoke Spanish. She was able to translate for them and put them at ease with the situation. After work that day, Emelia made the extra effort to check in again and deliver flowers. Emilia’s team member was so grateful for the selfless actions Emelia took that day. We are proud to have a team member like Emelia who makes a difference in the lives of others.
November 30, 2022
Jasmine Centeno, Patient Care Services, sat with a special needs pediatric patient who had no family to accompany her. The child was drinking from a soiled cup filled with dirty water and in need of a diaper change. Jasmine asked her husband to bring new sippy cups and pull-ups for the patient. While her responsibility included attending to the patient, the extra care and attention Jasmine provided for this child speaks volumes about her character and dedication to our purpose of making a positive difference in the lives of others.
November 17, 2022
Recently, it was discovered that a patient had fallen on hard times. He had been struggling with depression and had lost everything. It was clear from the beginning that this patient was determined to get better. He made an impression on the staff with his persistence to overcome his hardships, and Andrea Gardin, RN, wanted to do something to help him get back on his feet. He was referred to services within the United Regional Transition Clinic, designed to help people in similar situations have a better quality of life. With their help, he was able to find housing. When Andrea found out he was getting an apartment, she stepped up to ensure he had everything he would need for his new home. Other nurses and staff members also chipped in to get essentials such as a bus pass and grocery gift card. The generosity and compassion Andrea demonstrated had an extraordinary impact on this man’s life. Congratulations, Andrea, on being a Difference Maker!
October 26, 2022
On his way to work early one Sunday morning, Brian Stavely from the Emergency Department noticed a motorcycle wrecked on the road. The driver was lying nearby. Brian stopped to render aid, using his military medic background and nursing skills, and began life-saving measures to help the driver. Thanks to Brian’s keen awareness of his surroundings and willingness to stop and help, he was able to make a positive difference that day!
Elanor Peterson & Morgan Hill
June 15, 2022
Elanor Peterson and Morgan Hill, Patient Access Representatives, assisted an elderly gentleman who was noticed in the parking lot of the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic. He was clearly lost and confused, unable to communicate where he was trying to go.
Morgan brought him inside the clinic to cool off and have a glass of water while she called United Regional Security to investigate the situation. It was discovered that the man had been reported missing earlier that day. His family was notified and arrived at the clinic, relieved to discover their loved one was ok.
Morgan and Elanor went above and beyond to help this gentleman. Together, they kept him safe and united him with his family. Morgan and Elanor, your compassion and kindness truly made a difference that day. Thank you for a job well done!
March 24, 2022
On March 24, Mark Wright, Coordinator of Clinical Documentation Improvement and Interim Manager of Health Information, was leaving the hospital for a staff birthday lunch celebration. As he drove by the hospital, he saw a man on the side of the road. Mark thought the man had tripped so he pulled the vehicle over and got out to check on him. The man said he was fine but dizzy, so Mark motioned to Valet staff to call for the Campus Response Team (CRT). The patient began to decline quickly and started to seize. Mark pulled him onto the grass and held him; long pauses in between breaths turned to no breathing and no pulse. Mark started CPR while CRT quickly came out to assist. The man was taken to the ER for continued care and treatment.
After taking bold action, Mark still made it to the luncheon to celebrate his staff.
Mark – we applaud you for your compassion and your quick, life-saving actions! Job well done
December 22, 2021
An expecting woman was discharged from the hospital with a doctor’s order for bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy. It was the week before Thanksgiving and the woman and her husband had no family in the area. Tony learned of the situation and worked with United Regional’s Food Services department to arrange for the military family to receive a Thanksgiving meal; he personally delivered the meal on Thanksgiving Day. The young family was completely stunned by this act of kindness and extremely grateful for the gesture. Tony, your generous spirit truly uplifted this patient and her husband during the holiday season. Thank you for the care and caring you showed this family.
July 7, 2021
Two children were brought to the Emergency Department by Child Protective Services after their youngest sibling passed away due to health conditions. During their time in the ED, Jordan was extremely attentive to both children’s needs and provided food and drinks for them. After clocking out at the end of his shift, Jordan went to the store to purchase a toy for each child to take with them to foster care.
April 21, 2021
A patient had very few belongings with him during a hospital stay. When he was scheduled to be discharged that evening, it was raining and he had no shoes. Ashley stepped in and gave him her own pair. Ashley, thank you for your kind gesture to this patient.
Silas Brown & Brandon Alvarez
April 7, 2021
Silas and Brandon had stopped at a fast food restaurant with their families after soccer games when they witnessed a motorcycle crash. Both men immediately rushed over to check on the patient. The patient was conscious and responsive, but had several severe injuries. As they waited for emergency personnel to arrive, they kept the patient calm and still to prevent further injury. Silas and Brandon, thank you for providing excellent care to our community, even beyond the walls of our facilities.
March 18, 2021
An employee at United Regional was having trouble with her vehicle. When Peter heard about what was going on, he reached out to volunteer his help to the employee and her family. Peter, thank you for your generosity and support of your coworker from another department. You are truly making a positive difference in the lives of others.
March 5, 2021
A patient was being admitted to the hospital; he was having difficulty communicating due to being very hard of hearing. Jamie went to the store to purchase a hearing amplifying device and charging station to give to the patient. Jamie, thank you for taking the time to help this patient with his frustrations so that he could better communicate.
February 12, 2021
A family brought a tablet for a loved one who had been hospitalized for an extended period of time. Due to limited arm movement, the patient attempted to connect with family using the tablet’s voice controls. When the voice controls weren’t working properly, Ericka began trouble shooting the issue for the patient. After much research, Ericka determined the tablet had to be plugged into a power source for the voice control option to work. Unfortunately, the charging cord the patient had was too short. Ericka purchased a longer charging cord that allowed the patient to video chat using voice controls, which greatly improved the patient’s happiness and independence. Ericka, the time and effort you spent helping solve this patient’s issue is very much appreciated. Thank you for providing excellent care and caring to our patients.
February 6, 2021
During a previous visit, a patient from a nursing facility had mentioned to Kacy that she enjoyed eating soup. The patient often didn’t bring a meal with her to the treatments, so Kacy told her she would bring some soup for her during the next visit. True to her word, Kacy brought her soup and a yogurt soon after. Kacy, thank you for going above and beyond with your thoughtful gesture.
January 20, 2021
A family contacted Allison about their loved one who had been discharged a few days before Christmas. While his health had begun to decline rapidly, he expressed a desire to stay home. Allison began making phone calls regarding hospice care and offered to bring sanitary items to the patient until hospice arrived. With Allison’s help, the family was able to get a referral on Christmas Eve, and hospice arrived later that day to bring the patient’s pain under control. He passed away Christmas morning, surrounded by family members. Allison, your desire to go above and beyond for this patient and his family did not go unnoticed. Thank you for making a positive difference in the lives of others.
January 15, 2021
On her way to work, Jonnalyn came upon the scene of a terrible car crash. As she attended to one of the more critical victims, Jonnalyn helped instruct first responders on applying a tourniquet to another victim. With her years of experience and training in the Emergency Department, Jonnalyn remained calm and focused, and provided valuable, on-scene support until EMS arrived. Jonnalyn, thank you for your providing excellence in health care, even beyond the walls of United Regional.
January 8, 2021
On Christmas Eve, Juli arrived to work with a bag full of blankets and battery-operated candles. When asked by a coworker, Juli said she brought each patient a small blanket and candle since they were away from their family for Christmas. Juli, your thoughtful moment of care and caring for our patients did not go unnoticed. Thank you for making a positive difference in the lives of others.
December 12, 2021
A man was waiting outside the Transition Clinic in November when Denise arrived to work. He asked if the clinic had a coat he could have because he was cold. Without hesitation, Denise got in her car to find the man a jacket and a pair of gloves. She later asked her coworkers to bring their extra jackets or sweatshirts to the clinic, and created a coat closet for patients who may need them in the future. Denise, your moment of generosity toward this man did not go unnoticed. Thank you for making a positive difference in the lives of others.
October 4, 2020
Tiffany was sitting with a patient who had been going through a difficult time in her life. The patient said she was trying to turn her life around, but the only clothes she had were the ones she wore to the hospital. To help her get back on her feet, Tiffany returned the next day with a bag full of clothes and shoes for the patient, some she had bought and some she had pulled from her own closet. Tiffany, your generosity in providing care and caring to this patient didn’t go unnoticed. Thank you for making a positive difference in the lives of others.
September 18, 2020
A patient who spoke little English was at the end stages of life. Isidro stayed at her side, comforted her, held her hand, and spoke with her in her native language, Spanish. The family, who lived out of town, was deeply touched when they learned of Isidro’s actions and expressed how grateful they were that he was there for their loved one. Isidro, this moment of compassion did not go unnoticed. Thank you for providing excellent care and caring.
ugust 20, 2020
Someone discovered a dog was becoming overheated in a vehicle parked behind the Transition Clinic. An employee spoke with the patient, got his vehicle keys, and went to care for the dog while the patient was finishing up his treatment. Jessica went to speak with the patient, who thought he’d left enough windows open for the dog, and let him know everything was okay. Jessica learned someone had given the dog to the patient a few days prior and knew the man was on a limited income. She immediately went to the store and bought a collar, a leash and a large bag of dog food for the patient and his pet. Jessica, your kind actions to this man and his new companion did not go unnoticed. Thank you for making a positive difference in the life of this patient!
August 3, 2020
A patient was struggling to communicate with her nurse after the patient’s hearing aid batteries had died. The nurse asked others on her unit to see if there were any spare batteries to alleviate the patient’s frustrations of being unable to understand the nurse. Jessica overheard the conversation and, as she often does, said, “I can help.” Jessica gave the nurse two hearing aid to help the patient. As the nurse replaced the batteries, the patient smiled with glee, as she was able to hear her nurse again. Jessica, thank you for always being willing to go the extra mile for our patients!
Dr. Michael Henderson
July 16, 2020
Recently, Dr. Michael Henderson had treated a patient, but her symptoms later worsened. To keep her as safe as possible during her illness, and amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he personally picked up her prescription and delivered it to her so that she could stay away from the public. Thank you, Dr. Henderson, for providing excellent care and caring to our patients and continuing to take measures to reduce the potential exposure to others.
Ashley Kent and Tim Day
June 25, 2020
Ashley answered a call from a man who thought he was having a heart attack. He was driving between two small towns outside of Wichita Falls, so United Regional wasn’t the closest option for emergency care. Ashley stayed calm and asked for the help of her manager, Tim. While she kept the man on the phone and instructed him to pull to the side of the road, Tim contacted the sheriff’s office and guided them to the man. Even though he wasn’t a patient at United Regional, Ashley and Tim did what was best for him until the sheriff’s office was able to take over. Ashley and Tim, thank you for your quick thinking and ensuring this man received proper medical treatment.
June 19, 2020
Kody was driving home from a shift in the Emergency Department when he witnessed a horrific car crash. He immediately stopped and rushed in to help, pulling the driver out of the vehicle shortly before it became engulfed in flames. Without Kody’s intervention, the driver likely would have been severely injured in the fire. Kody, your life-saving actions are appreciated. Thank you for providing excellent care and caring to the community we serve.
June 8, 2020
Morgan was helping a patient in the Transition Clinic when she learned the woman was unable to purchase groceries and other basic necessities. Due to COVID-19, the food pantry was having a difficult time getting shipments, impacting the amount of food boxes available to Transition Clinic patients. Without hesitation, Morgan asked the patient to make a list of what she needed. After work, Morgan went to multiple stores so that she could purchase everything on the list. Thank you, Morgan, for your generosity and willingness to make a positive difference for this patient.
February 22, 2020
A patient was in pain and came to the Emergency Room early one morning. Having recently moved to Wichita Falls, she had no one to watch her two children, so they came along with her. She ended up needing emergency surgery. After taking care of the patient in surgery, Melanie took the children to the cafeteria for a nutritious meal while their mother was in recovery, then brought them back to her hospital room. Thank you, Melanie, for going above and beyond to take care of the patient and her children.
February 8, 2020
A patient in the Intensive Care Unit had made the decision to be removed from life support. He knew he might not survive, so he requested to write a note to his wife. The note read “I will wait for you anywhere forever.” Lindsey took the note, had it laminated, and added decorations before presenting it to the patient’s wife as a keepsake. Thank you, Lindsey, for providing excellent care to this man and making a lasting impact on this couple.
January 23, 2020
A man rode his bicycle – his primary way of getting around town – to visit a patient in the Emergency Department. While visiting the patient, the bicycle was stolen from the parking lot. Three weeks later, Officer Daniel Boone saw the suspected thief and bicycle at a nearby restaurant while he was off duty. Daniel confronted the suspect and was able to recover the bicycle for the man. Through his diligence, even while off duty, Daniel made a difference in the life of this visitor by recovering his bicycle. Thank you, Daniel, for keeping a watchful eye over our employees, patients and visitors.
November 8, 2019
A woman was with her dog at the groomers when she began to have chest pain. She was sent by ambulance to the Emergency Room. Upset that she didn’t have her cell phone and could not reach anyone to pick up her dogs, she told Rachael that she had to leave the hospital. Rachael knew what was best for the patient and did not want her to leave. She learned that the groomer couldn’t board the dogs overnight, so she called her daughter Avianna for help. Avianna immediately went to pick up the dog and took it to the patient’s house. She brought the woman’s phone along with pictures of the dogs so that the patient knew her pets were alright. Rachael and Avianna, thank you for making a difference by going the extra mile for our patient and her dogs.
October 14, 2019
Less than two weeks away his daughter’s wedding, a patient’s family realized he wasn’t going to make it to the big day. The patient wanted more than anything to give his daughter away to the love of her life, so his care team began planning a small wedding ceremony in his hospital room to make this wish come true. As her coworker coordinated some of the logistics, Kristen went around the hospital collecting flowers to arrange a bouquet. She also decorated the room for the special day and ordered fresh brownies from the Dining Room to be used in place of a wedding cake. The family said Kristen’s act of kindness helped them to be happy in a time of sadness. Kristen, thank you for taking the time to make a special memory for this patient and his family.
September 19, 2019
Brea had been caring for a patient for several days and could tell he wasn’t going to make it to his daughter’s wedding, which was less than two weeks away. The patient wanted more than anything to give his little girl away to the love of her life, so Brea organized everything to make his wish come true. With the patient’s room decorated, the couple exchanged wedding vows before a chaplain as family, friends and hospital staff gathered around the patient’s bed. The patient was able to give away his baby girl in his final days. Brea continued caring for this family by attending the patient’s funeral. Brea, thank you for taking the time to make this special memory for this patient and his family.
July 30, 2019
An ER patient had recently been diagnosed in her hometown with two very rare diseases that are detrimental to the lungs. Having experience with the same diseases in her family, Teresa gathered that this patient could use additional education on her conditions. She took the time to talk to the patient on a personal level and educated the patient’s family as well. Teresa even loaned the patient a special vest to help her condition improve more quickly. Not only did she provide great advice and compassionate care, she gave this family the understanding that they needed. Teresa, thank you for providing such a positive experience for this patient and her family.
June 28, 2019
Melissa had taken care of a woman most of the days of the patient’s month-long stay at United Regional. The patient expressed that Melissa was always so sweet and made her feel like family. She said Melissa made her feel better while her spirits had been down due to her illness. After the patient was released from the hospital and in a rehabilitation facility, Melissa took time on her day off to visit her and bring her flowers and other small gifts. The woman’s granddaughter said it absolutely made her grandmother’s day and lifted her spirits. The granddaughter said, “There aren’t enough words to express our appreciation for Melissa and the time she took to make my grandmother feel special and feel like she could get through this difficult time.” Melissa, your care and caring did not go unnoticed. Thank you for providing such a positive experience for this patient and her family.
June 5, 2019
A patient was on her second visit to United Regional in a few months. Both times, Cody had been assigned to take care of her. According to the patient’s family, Cody had a very good bedside manner and always made the patient feel special. When he learned they shared a birthday, he brought his driver’s license to prove it to her, making the patient’s day. Cody answered questions when she had them and kept her family informed of things involving her health care. Recently, the patient was passing and under the care of hospice at home. The patient’s family reached back out to see if Cody could come visit the patient, as they felt it would make the patient feel better. Cody showed up at the patient’s home to check on her after being asked, making the family proud. Cody held her hand and talked with the patient, letting her know he was glad to be there. Cody had previously run into the patient’s family during his time in nursing school, so he told them he felt that it was special to be able to care for their mother in the hospital. For the family, Cody was just what they needed to get through the tough times of losing a mother. Cody, thank you for making a difference by going the extra mile for our patients and their family.
January 20, 2019
On Christmas Day, Sheridan Barrow brightened spirits by bringing each patient on the floor a wrapped gift. Because of her generosity, they all received a blanket. Sheridan, thank you for going above and beyond and sharing your kindness with our patients.
January 8, 2019
Recently, Kyle came upon the scene of a tragic motor vehicle accident. He was quick to react; assessing the situation, he prioritized the needs of those affected and directed other good Samaritans in order to help the victims. Kyle managed to break the back window out of the vehicle; he crawled into the wrecked car and freed an infant from the back seat.
Kyle – thank you for your quick actions and for going above and beyond to help during a time of great need.
December 20, 2018
Kiersten’s patient was scheduled for a procedure that had been delayed and the patient was extremely upset. Kiersten sat with the patient and listened to her. In their conversations, she learned that the patient loves Olive Garden and that spaghetti would be the first meal she had once she got out of the hospital. The next evening, Kiersten came to work with Olive Garden spaghetti for the patient. Kiersten had bought it with her own money and on her own time – just to make the patient feel special and to let her know that she is cared for by others. The patient was emotional as she thanked Kiersten for her kind heart and caring attitude. Thank you, Kiersten!
December 18, 2018
A pediatric patient recently had surgery; during his visit he lost his two of his most treasured possessions, two Grinch plushes. Being non-verbal and autistic, the boy relies heavily on familiar things and favorite possessions. After a long search to find his belongings, they were nowhere to be found. Krystal later called the family, telling them that she had purchased replacements because she knew how important they were to this boy. He was so very happy when Krystal handed them over. His sadness quickly vanished. The family expressed their amazement of Krystal’s act, of how she did this on her own time and with her own money, just to put a smile back on the boy’s face. The family said they will be forever grateful. Krystal, thank you for showing compassion and providing excellence to this boy and his family.
Bobbie Jo McKenzie
November 21, 2018
A patient was frustrated with the path she had taken to get to the clinic. Down the street, she had trouble getting her power chair down the sidewalk because of the overgrowth of weeds and grass. Bobbie Jo found the area of the road the patient was having such a hard time with; she later came back with trimmers and a shovel and cleared the brush along the path. Bobbie Jo, thank you for going above for this patient. Your patients and peers consider you to be a true asset; we are very blessed to have her on our team.
Diane Smith & Sue Morris
November 13, 2018
After an unexpected surgery and hospital stay, a patient was excited to learn on a Friday that she would be discharged later that day; the discharge process was set in motion. A bit after 4 pm, Diane Smith, Social Worker, came to the patient’s room to inform her that the insurance company had not responded to the home health agency call. On the last call, a recording stated the insurance company was closed for the weekend.
Because the patient needed home health’s assistance with wound care, it seemed she would have to stay the weekend in the hospital. Diane reached out to Sue Morris, HR, and by 4:45 they were both on the phone with the insurance company doing everything they could to allow the patient to be in the comfort of her own home for the weekend. It was well past Diane and Sue’s shifts when Sue personally delivered the news to the patient’s room; the home health nurse had been authorized and the patient was going home!
Diane and Sue, thank you for demonstrating professionalism and compassion. Your efforts touched this patient and her family.
October 15, 2018
A patient was going through emotionally hard times and had developed a rapport with Precia Mengwasser, 4C. Precia was there for the patient – both physically and spiritually – during a time of need; she helped the woman realize that life is special and there are so many reasons for which to live. Thank you, Precia, for making a positive difference in the life.
October 15, 2018
Safety Seat Saturday was held September 29 at the Community Healthcare Center in partnership with TXDOT, United Regional Trauma Outreach and Children’s Miracle Network at United Regional. This is an annual event in which car safety seat technicians check for proper installation and issue new car seats if needed. Laura Pressler spearheaded the project. In one instance, an SUV with five children drove in; they were in need of up-to-date, safe car seats. Through a series of tugging, pushing and dragging, she removed the old seats, installed five new seats and found the hidden buckles throughout the SUV. After more than an hour, she emerged with a smile on her face saying, “They’re all in!” Laura is a true difference maker to all those who benefitted from her help that day.
October 15, 2018
Chuck Goad was in a hospital patient room repairing a handheld scanner. As he worked, the patient started a conversation; Chuck quickly learned that the patient was alone in Wichita Falls and that they were both from the same area of West Test. After a few minutes, a couple of clinicians entered the room to draw blood. Chuck was just completing his repair and about to exit the room when the patient reached her hand out for Chuck to hold, afraid of the unknown. Chuck held the woman’s hand and she thanked him. Thank you, Chuck, for brightening someone’s day.
October 8, 2018
A patient had discharged and took a cab home. He later realized he had left behind some items in his room, including his medication, and he did not have a way to come pick up his property; he had no family or friends with a car. The man called from a neighbor’s phone (he did not have a phone of his own) and explained his circumstances. Sean Newton, 7C, voluntarily took the property to the man’s address. Thank you, Sean, for making a positive difference in this man’s life.
October 4, 2018
Denise was caring for a pediatric patient with a new onset of diabetes. When Denise learned that the girl’s insurance wouldn’t cover the cost of a glucose meter and insulin to have available at school, she took it upon herself to buy the patient a glucose meter and coordinated resources to make sure the patient would also have insulin at school. Denise, thank you for going above and beyond for this young girl.
August 31, 2018
A Vietnamese man was hospitalized and told staff that he had not had a oriental meal in over 10 years. On Kevin’s day off, he purchased an oriental meal and brought it to the patient. The man was so happy for the gift and for the conversation he had with Kevin in their native language. Thank you, Kevin, for making a positive difference in this man’s life!
Dan Siegert & Jodie Rothrock
August 22, 2018
One night after being attacked, a man came to the ER where staff had to cut off his clothes in order to take care of his injuries. Later, the concerned man asked if he could have his clothes back; he had very little and was hoping that he would be able to repair his only pair of jeans. At the end of their shifts, Jodie and Dan went to the store to purchase clothes so that this man wouldn’t have to worry about not having anything to wear. Thank you Jodie and Dan; your thoughtful actions have made a difference in this man’s life.
August 8, 2018
A father of a pediatric patient realized his wedding ring was missing. He assumed that it had fallen off while he was drying his hands and quickly eyed the trash bin only to realize it had been emptied by housekeeping some time ago. His wife mentioned it to the nurses, but thought it was gone forever. Without a minute of hesitation, Tiffany sprung from her seat and headed towards the soiled utility room with a pair of gloves. She systematically began sorting through the waste, unwrapping every paper towel until she made the discovery of the shiny ring! She went to the unsuspecting family who were overcome with joyous emotions. They immediately showered her with hugs and thank yous! Thank you, Tiffany, for making a positive difference in the lives of this family!
August 7, 2018
A young boy had been coming in for treatment for the past year. Because of the severity of his illness, he had to be hospitalized at Cooks Children’s Hospital. Peggy bought a funny card for all the Chemo/Infusion staff to sign then made a special visit to Cook’s to hand-deliver it with a big basket of his favorite goodies and books. The family was very surprised and happy. Peggy, thank you for going above and beyond to make a positive difference in the lives of this boy and his family. YOU are a Difference Maker!
June 4, 2018
A patient at URPG did not have enough money to pay for her visit. Cassie overheard the patient and without the patient knowing, covered her balance. The patient was simply told the balance had been taken care of, and nothing was mentioned about the act of kindness. Cassie, thank you for helping this patient in need, with no expectation of reward or recognition. You are a Difference Maker!
May 16, 2018
A patient had been hospitalized for several days when he told Sarah that his dogs at home needed to be taken care of. Sarah went to his apartment, took care of his dogs and brought back to the hospital a change of clothes for the patient. The patient said he was treated with the most compassionate, professional, and accommodating staff one could possibly hope for and expressed his gratitude for Sarah specifically. Sarah, thank you for your care and caring to our patients.
May 7, 2018
Nicole sat with a very ill patient whose wife had been staying with him at the hospital for quite some time. The wife mentioned to Nicole that her roll-away bed was uncomfortable. After getting off work, Nicole bought the woman a mattress pad and brought it back to the hospital so that the woman could rest better. The woman was so appreciative; she said it meant so much to her. Nicole, thank you for going above and beyond for our patients and their families.
May 7, 2018
Arriving for her shift on Easter weekend, Lila carried bags of Easter eggs and baskets filled with stickers and small toys and placed them at each of the nurses’ stations for the young ER patients. Lila, thank you for being so thoughtful and considerate to the needs of our patients.
April 18, 2018
Bryan McMahill took his family on an outing when he suddenly noticed a boy sitting on the ground and looking pale. The boy had fallen and Bryan could see that his arm was broken. Bryan made a splint for the broken arm out of a nearby box and tape. He removed the boy’s skates and placed his shoes back on his feet, then waited with him until his family arrived to take him to the ER. Thank you, Bryan, for caring for this child when he was in need.
April 13, 2018
A patient had low spirits and while on a pureed diet, he had stopped eating. When he expressed how much he would enjoy a slice of pepperoni pizza, William Moore went to the kitchen to meet with the chef and devise a way to make the patient’s request a reality without breaking his pureed diet. They found a way to do so and lifted the patient’s spirits! Thank you, William, for making a positive difference in this patient’s life.
March 30, 2018
A very sick elderly lady came into the URPG clinic, accompanied by her elderly husband. The woman was sent from the clinic to the hospital by ambulance and the husband wanted to be by her side for the ride. Nicole Ermis, Burkburnett URPG, helped the man into the ambulance and parked his car behind the clinic. Early the next morning, before she came to work, Nicole picked up the husband from the hospital and took him to get his vehicle. The man was so thankful for Nicole’s kindness. Thank you, Nicole, for going above and beyond to care for this couple.
March 28, 2018
Ida Duncan, Volunteer, recognized that it was an exceptionally busy day during her morning shift in the ER. After her shift, she took a break to make her husband lunch, then returned to help the ER staff until 7 p.m. Ida, thank you for your cheerfulness and helpfulness through your volunteerism. We appreciate you!
March 23, 2018
On an extremely cold day, a patient was worried that her horses’ water would be frozen. She was frustrated and stressed that they may not have water to drink and had mentioned her concern to Jamie Lopez, 9W. So that the patient could focus on her own recovery and not feel the burden of stress, Jamie went to the patient’s property and broke the ice that had formed. When the patient learned what Jamie had done, she was so grateful and relieved. Thank you, Jamie, for caring for this patient in so many ways!
March 15, 2018
One Saturday, Jordan Jahn was attending a basketball game when a man in the stands passed out. Jordan jumped into action, helping to remove him from the stands and into a location where he could be better assessed. The man was not responsive and did not have a pulse so Jordan began performing CPR until paramedics arrived. Jordan assisted the paramedics and stayed in contact with the man’s family to check on his status. The man survived and was admitted to United Regional. The next Monday, Jordan stopped by his room to check on him and even brought him flowers. Jordan made a positive difference to this man and his family. Thank you Jordan.
March 3, 2018
A young patient was having a hard time dealing with some of the choices he had made in his life; he was ready to turn his life around. Barbara came to his room each day, even on days she was not working, to pray with him and cry with him. She brought him bibles verses and made him cookies to let him know she supported his decision in making a change and to let him know that she believed in him. Barbara is a true Difference Maker and has made a large impact in this patient’s life. Thank you, Barbara.
February 20, 2018
Lindsey recognized the man at the stop light in front of her was unresponsive; she rushed to remove him from his car and began CPR. The man later called the hospital and said he ended up having a triple bypass and has no cognitive problems after this event. He praises Lindsey for her actions.
Thank you Lindsey, you truly are a Difference Maker.
February 19, 2018
Nurses worked for hours to comb a patient’s matted hair when they decided they needed professional help. They called Katelyn who also happens to be a licensed cosmetologist, and within hours she came to the hospital to help. Katelyn came on her day off and without pay so that she could cut and style the patient’s hair (which the patient loved!) Katelyn, thank you for using all of your skills to provide excellent care to our patients. You are a Difference Maker!
February 8, 2018
Jacey had a patient who brought a CPAP from home but had no cord. Jacey called Respiratory but they had no cord available to borrow. She looked up the information online and found that a replacement cord could be purchased from Walmart, then she used her lunch break to go make the purchase. Jacey’s patient was able to sleep well that night because of the above and beyond actions of Jacey. Thank you Jacey, you truly are a difference maker!
February 7, 2018
A fellow employee had been diagnosed with cancer, and shortly after she lost her baby. Wayne didn’t skip a beat and jumped in head first to find a way to support her. Wayne coordinated a pie-in-the-face event where he recruited physicians to participate, gathered supplies, and raised money in honor of the coworker, Joelle Teague. Thank you, Wayne, for providing excellent care for our patients as well as our work family.
February 2, 2018
A patient had walked to her appointment on a cold and rainy day with her son. Rather than letting them walk home, Sandra drove them and also noticed that neither of them had warm clothes. Sandra coordinated with others to get the mother and her son warm clothes and other items to comfort them. Thank you, Sandra, for going above and beyond for our patients and their families.
January 29, 2018
On Thanksgiving Day Sabra Martin‘s daughter came into the house yelling for her mother to come outside. Sabra ran out and found the neighbor’s friend unresponsive and in cardiac arrest. Sabra initiated CPR while 911 was called and continued until help arrived. The friend was stabilized and transferred to the ER. Thank you, Sabra, for making a positive difference to our patients and our community.
January 19, 2018
Miranda Bright was delivering a meal to a patient who had just given birth. The patient expressed how concerned and frightened she was about taking her baby home. She said she had nothing for the baby and would not even be able to afford clothes for her new baby. A couple of days later, Miranda was seen carrying large bags into the building before her shift. She had gone through her children’s things and brought up as many items as she could carry. Miranda wanted the patient to have these things so that she could focus on her baby and her own recovery. Miranda also gave the woman her phone number and told her to give her a call when she was ready to receive the rest of the baby items she had gathered. Thank you, Miranda, for going above and beyond to care for our patients and their families.
November 10, 2017
Shana Grove, Social Work/Case Management, heard that a patient who was discharging from the hospital was in need of a mattress and box springs. He had just moved into a residence, but had no money for furniture. Shana was able to find a gently used mattress and box spring. She recruited her husband then went after work to pick up, deliver and arrange the mattress in the patient’s home. She took it upon herself to meet a need. Shana created a WOW moment for this patient and his family. Thank you, Shana, for being a Difference Maker!
Crystal Ramirez, Centralized Scheduling
October 17, 2017
Crystal Ramirez, Centralized Scheduling, was attempting to contact a patient; the patient’s husband answered the home phone. Crystal explained to him that she needed to speak with his wife, but he seemed very confused and didn’t understand the message. After finally telling Crystal that his wife was at work, Crystal decided to call the patient’s cell phone and when the woman answered, Crystal explained the conversation and her concern for the husband. Once they hung up, the patient called to check on her husband and realized when she spoke with him that there was something wrong. She went home and brought him to our ER where it was determined that he was having a stroke. Had Crystal not taken the extra step to make contact with the patient, things may have turned out much differently for this man. Thank you, Crystal, for recognizing the needs of our patients and their loved ones! You are a Difference Maker!
Britni Coats, CCU
October 16, 2017
Britni Coats, CCU, was caring for an out-of-town patient who had his clothes cut off in an emergency situation. He had no clothes to wear upon discharge and was not able to fly out of Wichita Falls for another couple of days. Britni bought the patient several new clothing items and helped organize a stay at the Rathgaber House. The patient was very grateful and appreciated all Britni did to help him get home. Thank you, Britni, for being a Difference Maker!
Brooke Conner, Cardiopulmonary Rehab
October 13, 2017
When a very consistent attendee of pulmonary rehab didn’t show up, Brooke Conner, Cardiopulmonary Rehab, called the patient repeatedly but he could not be reached. Knowing he had no family to check on him, and knowing something was wrong, Brooke drove to his house on her lunch break to check on him. After banging on the door and calling for him with no response, she opened the door and found the man lying on the floor, confused, and unable to stand up. She called 911 and waited with him until the ambulance arrived and notified his friend that he was being taken to the hospital. Thank you, Brooke, for being a Difference Maker!
Bryne Martin, Nursery
October 5, 2017
Bryne Martin, Nursery, was caring for a 2-year-old girl on the pediatric floor. She looked around the unit for a stuffed animal or baby doll in hopes of comforting the child but noticed there wasn’t much to choose from. About a week later, Bryne came to work with a basket full of goodies to replenish the toys that had been picked over on the pediatric unit. Thank you, Bryne, for truly caring for our patients and for helping them to be as comfortable as possible during their hospital stay. You are a Difference Maker!
Amy Clymer, Food and Nutrition
September 29, 2017
Amy Clymer, Food and Nutrition, has a caring personality and a tender heart, and recently shared her compassion with a mother who was morning the loss of her infant. While Amy came to deliver the woman’s meal tray, she noticed the mother grieving; she sat with her and comforted her in a way that only a sincerely kindhearted person could do. Amy, thank you for extending yourself beyond your Food and Nutrition duties by caring for patients in a different capacity. You are a Difference Maker!
Alaina Connor and Jennifer Ohlson, Inpatient Rehab Services
September 25, 2017
A female patient was recently admitted after having a stroke that affected her ability to communicate and function. The woman’s fiancé wanted to immediately marry the patient, despite her new challenges and a plan was made for the couple to wed at the courthouse on her way to rehab. And since she was unable to hold a bouquet of flowers, Alaina Connor and Jennifer Ohlson, Inpatient Rehab Services, gave the patient a corsage for the ceremony. What a beautiful act of love for the patient on a special day! Thank you for being Difference Makers!
Shelley Stokes, 9W
September 15, 2017
Shelley Stokes, 9W, was the nurse to a patient who was having a very difficult day. However, the patient enjoyed her visits with Shelley and she loved the color of Shelley’s fingernail polish. The next day Shelley came to work with her personal supply of nail polishes and allowed the patient to pick out her favorite color. Shelley painted the patient’s nails and lifted her spirits. Thank you, Shelley, for taking the time to go above and beyond for our patient. You are a Difference Maker!
Andrea Anderle, Education; Kevin McClellan, Education; Laura Gutierrez, Diabetes Management
September 14, 2017
When Andrea Anderle was alerted that a coworker had not shown up for work, Andrea and Kevin McClellan, Education, got in the car and headed toward the coworker’s address. After knocking on windows and doors, the coworker’s spouse and son eventually answered the door, relieved to see help. Andrea and Kevin entered the house and found their coworker in a confused state; his blood sugar was dangerously low. Kevin comforted the son while Andrea checked the coworker’s blood sugar and stabilized him with the help of Laura Gutierrez, Diabetes Management, via telephone. Once the situation had calmed, Andrea educated both the son and spouse on the steps to take should they find themselves in that situation again. Thank you for being Difference Makers!
Officer Dominique Ramos, Security
September 13, 2017
In late July, Officer Dominique Ramos, Security, assisted in saving the life of a patient. He was in the ER lobby when a man ran in and said that another man was unresponsive in the back of his truck. Ramos responded quickly; once in the truck, he found the patient had no pulse. Ramos started chest compressions and radioed other officers of the situation. Ramos continued chest compressions until the ER staff was able to take over. Thank you, Officer Ramos, for your quick thinking and ability to help this patient. You are a Difference Maker!
Brittany Mays & Jessi McBride, 9W
August 31, 2017
A man sat anxiously with his wife who was a hospital patient. On one particular day of her stay, he went to the ER for shortness of breath and was given a prescription to help with the stress. After treatment in the ER, he returned upstairs to be back at his wife’s side. When Brittany Mays, 9W, was leaving work for the day, on her own personal time, she dropped off the man’s prescription to be filled. Jessi McBride, 9W, after her shift and a meeting, picked the prescription up and delivered it to the man that night. Jessi and Brittany, thank you both for being Difference Makers to our patients and their loved ones!
Barbara Murphy, ICU 3 West
July 19, 2017
A family member of a patient mailed a letter describing the “angel” who worked at United Regional. She wrote of the kindness and compassion she witnessed Barbara Murphy, ICU 3W, giving to staff, as well as to her and her family. Sadly, the woman’s brother, the patient, passed away, and on that day, Barbara’s day off, Barbara come to the hospital to deliver homemade banana nut bread muffins to the family. She cried and prayed with the family as well. The woman wrote, “I’m thankful we got to walk the same halls Nurse Murphy walked on; she puts a glow in your hospital. We were truly touched by an angel. Sister, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” Thank you, Barbara, for being a Difference Maker!
Josefina Esparza, 4 West
July 18, 2017
A patient had been hospitalized for over a month. To make her stay more comfortable for herself, she brought in personal items and wore her own clothes. When she had gone through all of her clean clothes, she had to start wearing hospital gowns. Josefina Esparza, 4 West, realized the situation and after a long 12-hour shift, she took the patients clothes home to wash. She returned them to the patient the very next day. The patient was tearful and so overwhelmed by Josefina’s generosity. Thank you, Josefina, for being a Difference Maker!
Jordan Lindsey, Emergency Department
July 14, 2017
The Emergency Department was caring for a pediatric patient who was awaiting transfer. The child was frightened, and Jordan Lindsey, Emergency Department, was this little guy’s best friend. During Jordan’s lunch break, he bought the boy’s two favorite superheroes and gave them to the boy to encourage bravery. Jordan turned out to be the hero in this situation, for showing true compassion to this young patient. Jordan, you are a Difference Maker!
Diane Smith and Amanda Minniear, Social Work
July 13, 2017
Diane Smith, Social Worker on 6 Center had a patient whose only transportation was a bicycle, which someone had recently stolen from his porch. He found other temporary transportation but still needed a permanent solution in another bicycle. Diane discussed the dilemma with Amanda Minniear, Social Work Manager, and both worked together diligently to find a bike for the patient. They found success through their contacts at the Salvation Army. Amanda and Diane picked up the bike; Amanda replaced the inner tubes and arranged for the bike to be ready for pick-up by the next morning. Thank you, Diane and Amanda, for making a positive difference in the life of this patient.
Stephanie Bohannon, URPG
June 12, 2017
Recently, a patient visited United Regional Physician Group and was found to be dehydrated. She admitted to the nurse that in order to pay her utilities, she had not bought food and had nothing to eat or drink in her home. After learning about the situation, Stephanie Bohannon, URPG, took a coworker along to purchase and delivered non-perishable food items along with Gatorade and water. The patient cried when she received the generous gift from Stephanie. Thank you, Stephanie, for making a positive difference in this patient’s life. You are a Difference Maker!
Brandon Smith, Security
May 16, 2017
Sergeant Brandon Smith, Security, was first on the scene and began chest compressions on a patient in the back seat of a car in the ER parking lot. He continued the compressions until additional staff could arrive to take over the patient’s care. Thank you, Sgt. Smith, for your quick response and helpful action. You are a Difference Maker!
Dominique Ramos, Security
May 16, 2017
During the Nurses’ Week Celebrations, when all nurses were treated to a free meal, the Labor and Delivery night shift were busy caring for patients and missed the service and delivery. The crew had not brought food that night, since they knew that it was going to be provided. When Officer Dominique Ramos, Security, found out, he took it upon himself to pick up dinner from McDonalds for the entire unit, never asking for a cent to be paid back. He couldn’t stand the thought of the staff not having a meal for their 12-hour shifts. This is a great example of how our United Regional family takes care of one another! Thank you, Dominique, for being a Difference Maker!
Vivian Zugg, Volunteer Services
April 14, 2017
One day, a hospital visitor, and special education aid from a local school, noticed the volunteer sewing group working on a project. The visitor came with a special request; her special needs students were in need of adult bibs. Vivian Zugg, Volunteer Services, stopped what she was doing and was more than willing to help these young adults. Within a week, 12 bibs were delivered. How we value our volunteers! Thank you, Vivian, for being a Difference Maker!
Tonya Velasquez, Sharon Wood, Kevin McClellan & Kristen Previe – Education
April 6, 2017
Tonya Velasquez, Sharon Wood, Kevin McClellan and Kristen Previe, Education, were having lunch off-campus when Tonya noticed a man choking. By the time the group reached the man, he had become unconscious and was not breathing. They lowered him to the ground and each had a part in beginning chest compressions, clearing the environment and calling 911. They continued CPR for about 15 minutes until the ambulance arrived. The team stayed long enough to give a full report to the emergency personnel and comfort the family. They later went to the Emergency Room to visit the man; he was very thankful to them for saving his life. Thank you all for being Difference Makers!
Santosha Thurmond, 5W
March 31, 2017
A letter from a co-worker who is also a family member of a patient:
My dad is currently in the hospital and we have had our ups and downs. One thing he mentions on a daily basis is Santosha Thurmond, 5W. He said when she comes in he never feels like he is a burden and she seems to always make him feel better. Tuesday evening at 7:15 when most people are leaving for the day Santosha came into my dad’s room with a smile card. Most smile cards are for patients to give to employees, but Santosha brought one to my dad where she had written a special note to him thanking him for allowing her to care for him. She wanted to let him know she would be off for 2 days and would be back on Friday but she hoped he would be at home healing comfortably by then. She proceeded to tell my dad he made a difference in her life the last few days and thanked him for allowing her to care for him. She told him every patient had a story and his touched her. Santosha became emotional (along with everyone else in the room) telling my dad she appreciated the opportunity to care for him. Santosha is a perfect example of how to make people feel special. It not only makes me proud to be a part of this organization but VERY proud of her. There needs to be more people in the world like Santosha and I want her to know she not only is a Difference Maker in the life of my dad, but my family as well as everyone she comes in contact with. Thank you Santosha for being YOU!
Lisa Sharp, CC7
March 24, 2017
A patient from an outlying facility had lost her undergarments in the transition. The patient was distraught because she did not have the funds to replace her belongings. Lisa Sharp, CC7, took the time to buy this patient new undergarments and made the delivery on her day off in order to get it to the patient before discharged. Thank you, Lisa, for being a Difference Maker
Amy Johnson, 6C
February 22, 2017
There was a patient who had an extensive illness and was in the hospital for a long period of time. He and his wife are expecting a child. When Amy Johnson, 6C, learned they did not have the things they would need for their new baby, Amy made a Facebook post, then took time to gather donations from her family and friends for this anonymous friend. Thank you, Amy; you are a Difference Maker!
Amber Jackson, URPG
February 21, 2017
It was raining outside. As she left for lunch, Amber Jackson, URPG, noticed a patient standing out in the rain waiting for the city bus. The patient was still there even after she returned. Amber asked a coworker to come along and offered the patient a ride. Once they reached their destination, Amber took her good deed a step further and also gave the patient her lunch. Thank you, Amber, for being a Difference Maker!
Robin Taylor, Emergency Department
January 12, 2017
A man came to the Emergency Department during recent cold weather. He had nowhere to stay; his clothes were not suited for the weather and they were worn and dirty. After her shift, Robin Taylor, ED, went out to purchase a new set of coveralls for the patient. The man made a return visit later that night and was very thankful for the gift. Thank you, Robin, for seeing the need and making a positive difference in the life of this patient.
Ellen Cannon, Women’s Imaging
December 22, 2016
Ellen Cannon, Women’s Imaging, had a patient traveling into town for a very important follow-up appointment. Ellen knew the woman would need the presence of her husband, so Ellen cared for the couple’s four children, ages 2 – 12. When the woman came back later for an exam, again with her children as some were home schooled and without a babysitter, Ellen took the children on a tour of the hospital and showed them the Christmas decorations. Once again, Ellen saw a need and found a way to work her magic. Ellen keeps up with all of her patients with this same attentiveness and concern. She is always there to provide that extra level of care that goes above and beyond. Her service to her patients comes from the heart and because she sees an opportunity to make a difference, not because she was asked. Ellen, you are a Difference Maker!
Donnie Boydstun, Critical Care
December 16, 2016
Dianna Manuel, ICU, has a granddaughter, Zoie, who is a freshman at Rider High School where she dances on the Raiderette dance team. At the last game of each year, it is a tradition that the Raiderettes and their fathers dance at halftime.
Zoie had no one to dance with and told her grandmother that she would just sit out. Dianna’s heart ached for Zoie as she discussed the situation with her manager. A very short time later, Donnie Boydstun, Director of Critical Care, showed up and said “I hear that Zoie is needing someone to dance with and it would be my privilege.” Dianna was speechless and her heart was full.
Immediately, Donnie wanted to meet Zoie, the girl he had never met yet was willing to give his time and efforts to see that she got to dance the father/daughter dance. Donnie and Zoie made their debut at the game on November 4, a night Zoie, her grandmother, and Donnie will always remember. Thank you, Donnie, for being a Difference Maker!
Diane Smith, Social Work, & Daniel Amador, 6C
December 15, 2016
The staff on 6C, together with their social worker, Diane Smith, regularly celebrate Fabulous Food Friday, when the employees bring a dish from home and enjoy a themed meal as a department. Recently, there was a terminally ill patient being cared for on 6C who hadn’t had much of an appetite. Diane asked the patient if she would allow the staff to make a meal that she would enjoy, and the woman came up with a request… That night, Daniel Amador made hot dogs, especially for the patient. That week, the 6C staff, together with the patient, shared a very special Fabulous Food Friday. Thank you, Daniel and Diane, for being Difference Makers!
Cortney Cannon, Emergency Department
December 13, 2016
A patient in the Emergency Department was being admitted for chest pain. Although it was a medical necessity to stay, the patient wanted to go home because she had no one to take care of her dog. Understanding the concern, Cortney Cannon, ED, spoke with the woman and convinced her to stay by offering to care for her dog. Cortney visited the dog in the patient’s home to give food, water, and attention, all while allowing the woman to receive care at United Regional without the worry of her pet’s wellbeing. Thank you, Cortney, for being a Difference Maker!
Laura Pressler, Trauma
November 8, 2016
Laura Pressler, Trauma, saw on the local news the story of a home close to the hospital that was infested with bees. In this story, residents in the area were afraid to go outside and scared to let their children out to play because of the number of bee stings that had occurred, even sending one woman to the hospital. The bees would stay, because no one in the area could afford for a beekeeper to remove them. Laura saw the importance of the issue, so to make the area safe for neighbors, as well as United Regional employees, she paid a beekeeper to eradicate the bees. Laura’s thoughtfulness and consideration for the safety of others makes her a Difference Maker.
Judy Mowery-Ingle, Telecom, and Jeff Berndt, Security
November 7, 2016
Judy Mowery-Ingle, Telecom, and Jeff Berndt, Security, recently worked as a team to comfort a woman who had made a phone call to the hospital. The woman was distressed, telling Judy she felt no one cared about the family issues she had been dealing with. Judy tried comforting the woman through the phone while also calling Jeff in for help. While Jeff took over visiting with the woman, Judy called the police department and an ambulance was sent to the woman’s home. Jeff had the woman answer the door and she was sent off for treatment. Judy and Jeff worked together to comfort and save this woman, and for that, they certainly are Difference Makers.
Angela Carter, Cardiology
October 18, 2016
Angela Carter, Cardiology, asked to be present during a patient’s procedure in the Cath Lab. She had created a special bond with this patient who had a mental disability and had really taken to Angela. During the procedure, Angela waited, with a teddy bear gift, to calm and comfort the patient. The patient and her family were so appreciative of this kind gesture. Thank you, Angela, for being a Difference Maker!
Michelle Smith, Emergency Department
October 11, 2016
A patient was upset; her family had been under a lot of financial stress. She talked to the staff about the possibility of moving into Faith Mission and told them that her young son may even have to sit out of football because the family was unable to afford cleats.
Michelle Smith, Emergency Department, had a solution to part of the issue. Michelle’s son, Josh, quickly came with a pair of his cleats that he no longer used, as well as words of encouragement for the boy. This gesture meant so much to the entire family; a handwritten note explained how their family’s faith had been restored. Thank you, Michelle, for being a Difference Maker!
Steve Young, Security>
October 7, 2016
An out-of-town family came into the ER after a car wreck which totaled their suburban. They were in the process of moving to a new town and had been living out of that vehicle. They had no money and were left with no place to stay. On his own personal time, Officer Steve Young, Security, took the family to the Rathgaber Hospitality House and paid for a two-night stay, until their family would be able to pick them up. Officer Young demonstrated great care and service to this family, who was thankful for their treatment by all the staff at United Regional. Thank you, Officer Young; you are a Difference Maker!
Terri Wall, Case Management/Social Work
September 19, 2016
Terri Wall, Case Management/Social Work, made a difference in the life of a patient who was mentally ill and homeless. Terri was very kind and compassionate and when the woman was upset about having no shoes, Terri brought her a pair from home, as well as perfumed lotion so that she could pamper herself and feel special – something this patient probably may not have experienced often given her very challenging circumstances. The woman had complete joy on her face after showering and applying the lotion Terri had given her. Thank you, Terri, for being a Difference Maker!
Marci Gilbert, Surgery
September 15, 2016
A brief computer glitch had occurred in the Dining Room leaving several visitors waiting in line to make a purchase. So that these visitors and family members did not have to wait any longer, Marci Gilbert, Surgery, stayed to pay for each of their items so they could all go back to their family members. Thank you, Marci Gilbert; you are a Difference Maker!
Sadie Pope, 8C
August 26, 2016
A patient had wounds on her feet when she came into the hospital. Because she had no shoes upon being admitted, and no shoes to leave with upon discharge, Sadie Pope, 8C, bought the woman shoes and socks. Sadie’s caring and thoughtfulness is an example of United Regional’s purpose – to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Thank you, Sadie; you are a Difference Maker!
Leann Bagwell, Case Management
July 26, 2016
Upon discharge, a patient’s son told Leann Bagwell, Case Management, that his mother would have no food at home until the next day. Leann was concerned for this diabetic patient so she went to the hospital dining room and with her own money bought plenty of food for them to take home. Thank you, Leann, for your act of caring and kindness. You are a Difference Maker!
Ladonna Cooper, Quality Management
July 20, 2016
While heading home from work one evening, Ladonna Cooper, Quality Management, passed an elderly lady in a wheelchair and her dog slowly making their way down the street. Ladonna turned her car around and offered the lady a ride. The woman explained that she had been asked to leave her house by her son and now had nowhere to go. Ladonna asked the woman if she could take her to a shelter but the woman refused to go because they would not allow her dog. So Ladonna insisted that they get out of the heat. She took the woman to get something to eat and then took her to a hotel. Ladonna paid for her stay through the weekend and even left extra money so the woman could get something to eat the next day. The next Monday, the woman left to stay at a friend’s home. Ladonna’s actions made a difference in that woman’s life; Ladonna, you are a Difference Maker!
Melissa Miller, Chemo/Infusion
June 23, 2016
Melissa Miller, Chemo/Infusion, had bonded with a long-term patient. The patient’s husband of 60 years had been ill and recently passed away. Melissa shared with the patient that her mom made shirt pillows and asked if she would like some made from her husband’s shirts. The patient accepted the offer and brought in shirts of her son that had passed as well. At the patient’s next scheduled infusion appointment, on a day that Melissa was not scheduled to work, Melissa delivered the pillows and visit with the patient for over an hour. The patient was very touched and grateful of Melissa’s good deed. Melissa exemplifies going beyond normal tasks. She makes empathetic connections with our patients that make a lasting difference in their lives, even when they are at their most vulnerable times in life. Thank you, Melissa, for providing excellence to our patients.
Erica McGuire, ICU
June 10, 2016
Erica McGuire recently cared for a trauma patient who later progressed to brain death. She went above and beyond for this patient and the patient’s family members during their stay. During this difficult time, Erica, in her compassionate nature, gained excellent rapport with the patient’s family and friends.
When Erica received the news that the patient would be donating organs, she came to the hospital in the middle of the night. She had worked until 7 p.m. and then came back to be with the family at 3:30 a.m. She comforted the patient’s mother and acted as a family advocate for the patient in the OR. Erica stayed with the family until 9:45 a.m., on her own time, off the clock.
By choosing to spend her time with this patient as a family advocate, she was able to help provide comfort and closure to family members; they knew that their loved one was not alone during the final stages of life.
It is United Regional staff members like Erica McGuire who make a positive difference in this organization and the lives of those we are so blessed to serve!
Shawnda Call, 6 West
June 6, 2016
A young female patient had sustained a brain injury and the staff on 6W were caring for her. The thought of babies brought comfort to this patient. On her day off, Shawnda Call came to the hospital with a doll of her daughter’s to give the patient. The patient found calmness in holding the baby doll and even gave him a name. Shawnda, thank you for making a positive difference in this patient’s life.
Matt Woodley, Security
May 25, 2016
Matt Woodley, security officer, was monitoring the cameras in the ER Security Office when he heard a truck speed through the ER parking lot and come to a screeching halt. Mr. Smith exited the truck and ran toward the ER entry. Officer Woodley grabbed a wheelchair to help assist with the passenger, Mrs. Smith. As Woodley approached the vehicle he noticed Mrs. Smith slumped over. Officer Woodley opened the door and tried to get a response from her. He then checked for a pulse and while doing so noticed her white, clammy skin and purple lips. He could not feel a pulse so he laid Mrs. Smith back and entered the truck to start CPR. Officer Woodley continued CPR while nursing staff were responding to the vehicle. He continued to care for her without regard to his personal safety, as she had earlier been ill and had vomited in the vehicle. A few days later, Mr. Smith, with tears in his eyes, came to the security office to shake Officer Woodley’s hand and tell him he was the reason his wife survived. Officer Woodley, you are a Difference Maker!
Shanda Kelsey, Utilization Review
May 18, 2016
Shanda Kelsey, utilization review specialist, was in the employee break room eating lunch when she noticed a co-worker was having trouble breathing. Shanda quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver while others called a code CRT. Her swift response was a success and her co-worker is doing well. Way to go Shanda for your attention and fast action!
Clint Lee, ER Access
May 16, 2016
In late April, a patient came to United Regional following a motor vehicle collision. The modified vehicle involved was impounded, with the patient’s wheelchair still inside. Knowing that upon discharge, the patient would not be able to get home without the wheelchair, Clint Lee, ER access nurse, took it upon himself to clock out for lunch so that he may return these important belongings to the patient. Joanne White, social worker, said, “This was one of the most appreciative patients that I have ever dealt with.” The patient told Joanne that there had never been a more helpless and scared feeling.”