Person Memorial Hospital recently announced that Ronald Smith has been recognized as the hospital’s 2019 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each LifePoint Health hospital 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 Person Memorial Hospital, we share LifePoint’s commitment to making communities healthier, and we recognize this is supported by the good work and service of our employees on and off the job,” said David Ziolkowski, Person Memorial Hospital CEO. “We are extremely proud to recognize Ronald for his efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. He goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person he encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion.”
Smith has been spreading good vibrations and making people feel better at Person Memorial Hospital for nearly 20 years. Starting out his career at PMH as a security guard, Smith spent 12 years keeping patients, visitors and staff safe and secure. He was promoted to Plant Operations where he serves as a skilled mechanic. Over the years Smith has played a substantial, if sometimes under-recognized, role at Person Memorial keeping people safe and keep the hospital running smoothly. When an emergency happens, Smith is always among the first to respond anytime or any day.
In addition to his professional duties, Smith shares the gift of music and friendship with anyone he meets at the hospital. An accomplished musician, Smith and his band share their bluegrass music to entertain residents or provide entertainment at a hospital event. Smith goes out of his way to make people’s lives better whether it’s coming in on his own time to help hang pictures for the elderly residents of the Extended Care Unit or helping homeless visitors receive food and shelter. Smith is an example of caring and love that goes far beyond his professional duties and Person Memorial Hospital is proud to have in its family.
Each hospital winner, including Smith, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2019 company-wide Mercy Award. The company-wide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., to which Smith and all hospital winners are invited to attend.