Saline Health System Names 2019 Mercy Award Winner
Saline Health System recently announced that Terri Toldson has been recognized as the hospital’s 2019 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.
The Mercy Award is an annual recognition program established in 2001 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.
“At Saline Health System, we share LifePoint’s commitment to Making Communities Healthier, and we recognize this is supported by the good work and service of our coworkers on and off the job,” said Michael Stewart, CEO of Saline Health System. “We are extremely proud to recognize Terri for her efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. She goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person she encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion.”
Terri has been a team member at Saline Health System for more than five years. She began her career at Saline Health System as a Diet Aide in the Nutritional Services Department and was promoted to Hospitality Associate in 2018.
In this new role, Terri interacts with patients regarding their menus and determines their food preferences. She ensures patients receive what they request and she can often be seen delivering food directly to patient rooms—always with a “good morning” and a smile.
“As an often behind the scenes role, Terri stands out,” said Terry Shuler, Director of Nutritional Services. “When met with a last minute request, she is known for saying, “we’ll make it happen”. Terri ensures our patients receive their proper meals on time, every time. There’s no doubt that Terri fully understands how her job plays a role in helping our patients heal.”
Each hospital winner, including Terri, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2019 companywide Mercy Award. The companywide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., in August, to which Terri and all hospital winners are invited to attend.
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