Shelby Baptist employees receive award

Published 9:42 am Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Two Shelby Baptist Medical Center employees were among five Baptist Health System employees honored in June with the BHS President’s ICARE Award.

Cheri Bowden of Thorsby and Kim Hayes of Clanton were recognized at the annual BHS management meeting in Birmingham. Award recipients are employees who make a difference in the lives of others, serve as role models and go above and beyond expectations of BHS’ ICARE values in their professional and personal lives.

“The ICARE values – integrity, compassion, advocacy, resourcefulness and excellence – are one of the major differences a patient, family member or visitor experience during a visit to a BHS facility,” said Shane Spees, BHS president and CEO. “This unique experience is only possible because of our employees exhibiting the ICARE values.”

Bowden, who manages staffing and bed control at Shelby Baptist, received the Resourcefulness Award for her involvement in a project that led to a 26 percent decrease in overtime and a $250,000 decrease in the utilization of agency staff.

Hayes, nurse manager in Shelby Baptist’s emergency room, received the Excellence Award for her efforts in reducing costs while improving patient satisfaction scores. Hayes’ work also resulted in a 17 percent employee satisfaction increase.

The following Shelby Baptist employees were nominated for the award: Susan Alexander, Amy Bailey, Judy Blankenship, Greg Bradford, Nancy Drinkard, Cynthia Ellis, Donna Faulkner, Lena Genry, Trish Hill, Kim Horne, Lapraydia Jones, Kaye O’Neal, Jo Rowell, Sheryl Simpson, Betty Wooten and Shawn Yarbrough.