HSHS St Anthony’s Memorial Hospital recently named the four winners of their annual “I Promise Award”. The award is given to four individuals that represent the hospital’s core values of respect, care, competence, and joy. The 2017 winners are:
- Tory Buhnerkempe of the Wound Healing Center was awarded the “I Promise Award” for her exceptional caring and compassion. One colleague that nominated Buhnerkempe stated, “As a nurse, she deals with patients with warmth, kindness, hope and encouragement. She helps ease their fears and celebrates their successes. Her laughter can be heard throughout the clinic and she is often recognized in our patient satisfaction surveys. She serves as an educator and mentor to the many students and nurses that shadow in the clinic. As a nurse educator, she and a coworker provided a wound care education presentation to nurses at this hospital and surrounding hospitals. Outside of the clinic, she serves as a child advocate for CASA and volunteers many hours for children’s rights and protection….she is admired by patients and goes above and beyond to make sure their needs are met.”
- Jessica Harris of the Home Care department was awarded the “I Promise Award” for her kindness and how she goes above and beyond for patients and their families. One colleague that nominated Harris stated, “I have always heard wonderful comments about Jessica from patients and their families regarding her care, time, and consideration of their needs. [A patient of hers] remarked on how good Jessica is and how she assisted their family so much by donating clothes and toys for her great grandchild that was staying there temporarily. She couldn’t believe the kindness Jessica demonstrated as soon as she heard the child needed these items and the relief it provided the family to know they weren’t going to have to provide all of these items during the child’s stay. I feel this truly demonstrates the ability to go above and beyond the actual job description and how caring an employee she is.”
- Kyle Painter of Plant Services was awarded the “I Promise Award” for his positive attitude and his ability to spread joy throughout St Anthony’s. One colleague that nominated Painter stated, “On any given day, cheerful Christmas tunes may be heard echoing through the halls at St. Anthony. For those of us who know him, we smile because we know we are about to be paid a visit by our friend, Kyle Painter. Kyle is a true example of the Joy Value in action. He is always ready to greet his colleagues with a smile, a high five, or an enthusiastic round of ‘Take me out to the Ballgame.’ Kyle’s joy is contagious to those who he meets… It is just the type of contagious condition that we do need to spread around the hospital! Because he is a constant reminder that life is too short not to be happy, I think that there is no one more deserving of an [I Promise] award than Kyle Painter!”
- Nicole Probst of Occupational Therapy was awarded the “I Promise Award” for her caring and compassionate spirit. One colleague that nominated Probst stated, “Nikki is a very compassionate, loving, encouraging and kindhearted therapist. Recently, Nikki was leaving work…when she noticed that her patient who normally rides [public transportation] was still at the Workman Complex. Nikki approached her patient and found out that her patient had been waiting for [transportation] for approximately one hour. Nikki was concerned about her patient’s ride so she called [the public transportation] herself and found out that they had already closed for the evening. Nikki ended up calling her dad, who arrived at the complex with a trailer to help load the patient’s wheelchair and the patient [and then took the patient home with Nikki.]….Nikki truly cares about her patients and their wellbeing in more than one way! She has demonstrated the “I Promise” mission and demonstrated the hospital Core Values!”
All four winners received a trophy and a set of four tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game.
(Pictured Left to Right: Jessica Harris, Tory Buhnerkempe, Kyle Painter, and Nicole Probst. Photo courtesy of HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital).