SAMMY awards recognize employees who consistently demonstrate excellence at SAMC. The SAMMY serves as our employee recognition program and is held annually at the Dothan Civic Center. The winter 2013 nominations for the award were announced in January.
Natalie Leighty, Radiation Oncology
Natalie is a compassionate nurse who after accepting the new position of research nurse at Southeast Cancer Center, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
As a patient and nurse, she made it her mission to make sure every patient she worked with knew that someone shared their plight. She shared her story, becoming the inspiration many cancer patients need. After undergoing chemotherapy, Natalie started giving Hallmark cards to all those who needed a pick-me-up. She spoke directly to one patient who wanted to discontinue treatment, convincing her to change her mind.
Because of her own personal struggles, Natalie is a powerful voice for SAMC's cancer care program.
Cheryl Holland, Anesthesia
Cheryl approached her supervisor one day thinking she was in trouble. She confessed that she had given money to a dialysis patient who had come to surgery to declot a graft. Cheryl was the patient's nurse anesthetist and learned he did not have the money to buy gas to get to the dialysis clinic. Cheryl was worried that her selfless act of caring and compassion would get her in trouble.
Instead, it makes those who work with her very proud. Cheryl has continued to further her education from RN to nurse practitioner to CRNA. She also mentors other CRNA students and is always quick to work holidays so fellow team members can be home with their small children.
Victoria March, Behavioral Health Services
Victoria has significant medical problems yet she is patient and compassionate on the job. As a technician, Victoria sometimes must deal with difficult patients. She always approaches them with kindness and respect.
She is also a positive role model in the community. She is the neighborhood mom who takes care of other children, making sure they have a ride to their after school activities. She opens her home to these children on the weekends and gives them fresh-baked cookies and other treats. She brings canned goods to SAMC and puts it in the lounge for anyone who needs food.
She also supplies helpful items for patients who have no family members.
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