A Minden Medical Center human resources employee has been awarded the distinguished honor of the 2016 Mercy Award.
Sarah Carter, human resources coordinator, was recognized for her demonstration of compassion and unwavering commitment to helping others.
“Sarah is not only an excellent ambassador for Minden Medical Center, she truly has a servant’s heart and strives to help others,” said Mary Winget, human resources director of MMC. “In addition to taking care of all that she comes in contact with at MMC, she helps many. Sarah is very active in her church.
“She is a member of the choir and a leader in the children/young adults department at her church,” Winget continued. “Each year, she freely gives of her vacation time from MMC to chaperone the teenagers to church camp, accompany them to the youth rally, is an Awanas leader and serves as the director of their Vacation Bible School. The young adults look up to Sarah because she leads by example and she is an excellent mentor to them. As you can see, she is called to children’s ministry. Her life is an awesome testimony to the children she ministers to. Sarah is a mentor by her actions.”
Carter is a dedicated wife, mother, a servant in her community and a loyal, dedicated and compassionate employee at MMC for 17 years. For several years, she has participated in the St. Jude Chili Cook-off, which contributes to helping Minden raise the most money per capita for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
In 2014, she and her son began the Minden St. Jude’s Bass Fishing Tournament, “Reeling for a Cure for St. Jude.” She wanted to work with her son and let this passion help the children of St. Jude. Carter had never been in charge of such a large fishing tournament, but where there is a will with her, there is a way.
Working in human resources provides the opportunity to help employees that are in need. Carter has been known to give her own money to buy employees food, assisted with an insurance premium when they couldn’t pay and much more. She wouldn’t want anyone to know this, as she does this from her heart and considers this a part of her ministry and service to others, employees say.
MMC presents the Mercy Award each year to recognize a hospital employee who personifies the qualities Scott Mercy possessed, including:
consistently goes beyond the call of duty in serving patients and the community
demonstrates a level of commitment and caring that transcends the everyday
respects the individual in everything they do, and
inspires others with compassion, dedication and a merciful spirit.
The annual Mercy Award is voted upon by peers and given to a deserving hospital employee who proudly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.
The Mercy Award program was established in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer (CEO). It recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint’s 72 healthcare facilities, and the Health Support Center based in Brentwood, Tennessee. The Mercy Award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.
Employees say Carter requires no special recognition to perform an outstanding job; she goes out of her way to go above and beyond to help everyone that she comes in contact with, whether it is a patient that is lost in the hospital and she takes them to their destination; an employee that has suffered a tragedy, or a visitor that doesn’t have money to eat in the cafeteria. She is there to help. She truly demonstrates a level of commitment and caring that is readily apparent to everyone she comes in contact with. She inspires employees by her actions, deeds and heartfelt compassion.