Congratulations Mike Cash
December Employee of the Month
(pictured L to R: Kim Tucker, McCreary Office Manager; Shawn D. Crabtree, Executive Director; Mike Cash, McCreary Janitor; Jeanne Gaskin, McCreary Nurse Supervisor)
Mike was selected for keeping the generator going until 1:00 in the morning after the electricity went out, thus saving our refrigerated vaccines.
It is important for an organization to acknowledge the efforts of its staff. In January 2005 the Lake Cumberland District Health Department started selecting an employee of the month. The candidates are nominated by their peers for “going beyond the call of duty” and selected by the Executive Team by anonymous vote. From the twelve monthly “Employees of the Month” an “Employee of the Year” is also selected. Below is an archive of previous “Employees of the Month”.
Employee of the Month Awards for 2015
February - Pam Acey, District
Pam assisted several people with WIC despite our offices being closed for snow. She even went as far as attempting to purchase expensive baby formula out of her pocket.
January - Crystal Dillingham, Adair
Crystal was awarded for linking a family, who had lost their home due to fire, to resources to find lodging and for facilitating household donations.
Employee of the Month Awards for 2014
December - Mike Cash, McCreary
Mike was selected for keeping the generator going until 1:00 in the morning after the electricity went out, thus saving our refrigerated vaccines.
November - Ann Stevens, District
Ann was selected for securing donations from local businesses as incentives, and for providing extra encouragement to staff for our agency worksite wellness program.
October - Jackie Brendel, District
Jackie was awarded for her dedication to her job even during cancer treatments.
September - Melanie Richardson, Pulaski
Melanie was awarded for, though not a part of her job requirements, putting much extra effort into helping one family with particularly needful circumstance get their children enrolled into a new school system.
August - Lisa Anderson, District
Lisa was awarded for quickly and efficiently assisting another employee attend to a substantial, active water leak.
July - Shannon Matthews, Russell
Shannon was selected for—while keeping a positive attitude—coming in early, staying late and completing unfamiliar tasks while her co-workers were on medical leave.
June - Jane Jones, Russell
Jane was selected for effectively helping promote the Kynector Project. She even came in sick one day to do a radio spot promotion.
May - Angela Dixon, Pulaski
While attending her son’s Project Graduation, Angela responded to another child who was experiencing seizure-like activity. She not only assisted the child, she accompanied and stayed with the child at the hospital until stabilized.
April - Cathy Haynes, Pulaski
Cathy was awarded for responding to a school request to attend prom so two teens prone to seizures could safely attend.
March - Tammy Jenkins, Pulaski
Tammy was awarded for braving the snowy weather conditions and placing a notice for the patients about an opening delay for the Pulaski Clinic.
February - Amy Marcum, Wayne
Amy was awarded for receiving an exemplary testimonial from her school administration in regards to her caring attitude, work ethic, and overall team-work.
January - Chris West, District
Chris was awarded for all the extra effort he has put into his job while covering for our groundskeeper/mail deliverer during his absence. During this time, he has had to help manage multiple water damage issues at our clinics as a result of the recent polar vortex.
Employee of the Month Awards for 2013
December - Donna Farington, Loretta Burke, and Linda Dobbs, McCreary
Donna, Loretta and Linda volunteered their time on November 23rd to drive over 200 miles around McCreary County delivering 178 Thanksgiving meals prepared by the Crossroads Ministries.
November - Jelaine Harlow, Adair
Jelaine was awarded for all the extra effort she put into helping make the Adair County Schools tobacco free.
October - Carol Lane, District
Carol was awarded for working extra hard covering for several of her staff who were off with medical conditions.
September - Angie Simpson, District
Angie was awarded for covering for two of her peers while off sick and for assisting with Breastfeeding Week preparations.
August - Lisa Brown, Casey
Lisa was awarded for keeping a positive attitude and a high standard of performance despite dealing with challenging personal medical circumstances.
July - Debbie Mayberry and Gabby Chambers, Pulaski
Debbie and Gabby were awarded for the extra efforts they made in working with a family and baby who was born with a heart defect.
June - Brandy Rowe, McCreary
Brandy was awarded for spending extra time working with a family and community resources to make sure a student received much needed eye glasses.
May - Roger Young, District
Roger was selected for returning to Columbia to free a co-worker from a locked room.
April - Vicky Albertson, Cumberland
Vicky was selected for her excellent work advocating for child health care.
March - Greta Mounce, Science Hill
Greta was awarded for putting in many hours organizing and coordinating the school’s “Relay Recess” to raise funds for “The American Cancer Society”.
February - Janet Cowherd, Taylor
Janet was selected for her extra efforts in arranging for resources for a needy child.
January - Teresa “Terri” Harrison, Pulaski
Terri was selected for assisting with the Humana Vitality project. She made door-to-door contacts with school staff thus increasing participation by well over 300%.
Employee of the Month Awards for 2012
December - Jennifer Harris, Pulaski
Jennifer was awarded for providing monetary assistance to a needy family who couldn’t access community resources due to it being after 4:30 on a Friday.
November - Ashley Curry, Russell
Ashley was awarded for going to a store after hours on a holiday weekend to assure a WIC family in need understood exactly which baby formula to purchase.
October - Victoria Bullock, District
Vickie was nominated for volunteering her own time to spend several days working with the Red Cross in New York on the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. She also rescued one of our employees who had gotten locked in the annex basement.
September - Sherry Sims, McCreary
Sherry was awarded for performing the Heimlich maneuver on a student who was choking.
August - Carolyn Carman, Pulaski
Carolyn was selected for strongly encouraging a family to take a child experiencing significant weight loss to the doctor for follow-up. It turns out the child had Type 1 Diabetes and is now being appropriately treated. Carolyn has also spent extra time educating the child’s family and making needed referrals.
July - Leanne Eaton, Pulaski
Leanne was selected for, without complaint, assisting work up Well Child and General Clinic patients on a very demanding day.
June - Kristi Upchurch, Monticello
Kristi was selected for insisting a school employee with high blood pressure seek medical attention. The employee ended up requiring bypass surgery.
May - Karen Hall, Pulaski
Karen was selected for the excellent care she gave to a student experiencing a seizure and helping out with various other school activities.
April - Lisa Anderson, District
Lisa was awarded due to all the extra effort she put into assisting in preparations for the Diabetes Health Expo.
March - Rebecca Watson, Adair
On one day Rebecca had to deal with two students who had overdosed and follow-up with their families. She also assisted the police in an investigation of students having access to illegal substances.
February - Rebecca Brown and Shannon Matthews, Western Counties
Becky and Shannon have been piloting a new approach to completing EPSDT exams on behalf of the agency: they travel into the schools and clinics doing nothing but EPSDT exams. Their positive attitude and effort are making the new approach successful.
January - Sabrina McGahan, Pulaski
Sabrina was awarded for creating a seizure checklist to provide to school staff to ensure proper response.
Employee of the Month Awards for 2011
December - Judy Heathman, Russell
Judy was awarded for rendering assistance to children involved in a bus accident.
November - Sarah Leachman, Taylor
Sarah was awarded for picking up and taking over the setting up and coordinating of flu clinics when her supervisors were unexpectedly off work.
October - Mindy Wilson, Casey
Mindy was awarded for the extra effort she puts into creating a HANDS Newsletter for the HANDS patients in Casey, Russell, and Cumberland Counties.
September - Valerie Dykes, Taylor
Valerie was awarded for going out of her way to assist a family in finding a veterinarian who would, for an affordable price, prepare and ship an animal for rabies testing; and for transporting said animal to the clinic.
August - Donna Parrish, Clinton
Donna was awarded for coming in on her day off, at the last minute, to assist with completing physical exams.
July - Judy Goforth, Pulaski
Judy was awarded for all the extra effort she took, even while on vacation and over weekends, insuring a patient complied with their required TB medication.
June - Melissa Trammell, McCreary/Wayne
Melissa was selected because of her quick thinking thus scaring away a couple ruffians who were attempting some misdeed at our Wayne Clinic after-hours.
May - Sharon Perkins, Pulaski
Sharon was selected for the extra effort she put into making sure a WIC child on special formula didn’t have to go the weekend without formula.
April - Amy Edwards, Wayne
Amy was awarded for all the extra effort she put into promoting colon cancer awareness. She organized events and raised money.
March - Norma Trull, Pulaski
Norma was nominated and selected for the excellent care she provided in insuring the safety of some children she serviced.
February - Kristi Irvin, Russell
Kristi was nominated and selected for the extra hours and effort she put into working with a Direct Observe Therapy (DOT) TB patient.
January - Anna Johnson, Pulaski
Anna was nominated and selected for rendering emergency care to a student who was later transported to UK and diagnosed with a serious heart condition.
Employee of the Month Awards for 2010
December - Lisa Harris, Pulaski
Lisa was nominated and selected for paying out of her pocket the fee for a needy patient’s services.
November - Cathy Haynes, Pulaski
Cathy was selected for the extra effort she put forth in working with two school clubs. A “riding club” to benefit a student with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma raised over $10,000 dollars. A “diabetes walk” she was affiliated with raised over $1,000 dollars.
October - Melinda Thomas, Russell
Melinda was nominated and awarded for providing CPR and using the AED equipment on a teacher who had collapsed, probably saving his life.
September - Shirley Roberson, Russell
Shirley was nominated and awarded for working extra with a cancer patient to find funding for smoking patches and for providing the patient with individual counseling to help her quit smoking.
August - Teresa McFall, Russell
Teresa was awarded after being nominated by her school principal for the outstanding job she does for their school and with their children.
July - Deana Osborne, District
Deanna was awarded for stopping and giving CPR to a woman and helping to calm the grandchild.
June - Lisa Harris, Pulaski
Lisa was awarded for doing extra work to assist a patient secure assistance for cancer treatment.
May - Jarrod Simpson, McCreary/Daniel Bell, Casey
Daniel and Jarrod were awarded for riding their bikes in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure and raising over $300.00. They paid their own fees and utilized their own time.
April - Wanda Vanover, McCreary
Wanda was awarded for assisting with a child who was disoriented and aggressive. She calmed the child and treated minor wounds and called home later to check on child.
March - Thara Terry, McCreary
Thara was awarded for the extra efforts she put in with one particular obese child. She coordinated access to an array of services and worked with school officials to increase access to exercise time.
February - Amy Marcum, Wayne
Amy was awarded for rendering aid to a collapsed student.
January - Susan Adams, Pulaski
Susan was awarded for securing a donation of fire alarms for the Pulaski HANDS families and for spending her Christmas helping one of her HANDS mothers move out of an abusive relationship into the protection of a spouse abuse shelter.
Employee of the Month Awards for 2009
December - Greta Mounce, Pulaski
Greta was awarded due to two instances where she rendered first aid at wrecks that occurred near her school, her extra work with the Relay for Life, and her general dedication to her students.
November - Peggy Dancy, Pulaski
Peggy was awarded for meeting a patient at the Health Department after an H1N1 clinic to administer the vaccine.
October - Carol Huckelby, District
Carol was awarded for taking on the extra H1N1 vaccine ordering and database management duties.
September - Sarah Christian, Casey
Sarah was awarded for going the extra mile facilitating meetings on behalf of and advocating for a needy student to insure the student had the best opportunity for success.
August - Donna Farrington, McCreary
Donna was awarded for extra effort in researching and facilitating GED opportunities.
July - Beverly Brockman, Russell
Beverley was awarded for all the extra time she took finding community resources to help a patient and her family find food resources.
June - Kathy Ping, Pulaski
Kathy was awarded for providing a generous amount of extra effort with one of her families that resulted in the mother stopping drinking and the entire family now going outside to smoke away from the new baby. It took much work by Kathy to develop this level of trust and rapport with this particular family.
May - Cathy Haynes, Pulaski
Cathy was awarded for all the extra work she put into dealing with the teen pregnancy issues at her school.
April - Cheryl Clark, Taylor
Cheryl was awarded for “going beyond the call of duty” in supporting a co-worker through a difficult personal experience.
March - Sam Price, Pulaski/Jarrod Simpson, McCreary
Sam and Jarrod were awarded for being dispatched to Western Kentucky as part of an Environmental Strike Team to assist with the recovery efforts following the recent ice storms. Upon arriving our team was transitioned into a “command” capacity.
February - Alisha Risen, Green
Alisha was awarded for providing rescue breathing until EMS arrived to a student having a Grand Mal Seizure.
January - Daniel Bell, Casey
Daniel was awarded for being dispatched to Western Kentucky as part of an Environmental Strike Team to assist with the recovery efforts following the recent ice storms. Upon arriving our team was transitioned into a “command” capacity. Daniel served as the “incident commander”. Daniel represented us well by making good command decisions and coping very well with an extremely trying and stressful situation.
Employee of the Month Awards for 2008
December - Leah Maybrier, District
Leah was awarded for all the help with all the Change Master Teams on their KPHLI Projects.
November - Izetta Sandusky, Casey
Izetta was awarded for working extra hard during a pertussis outbreak.
October - Lori Davis, Green
Lori was awarded for volunteering to stay late and work on the week-end to meet the vaccine needs of a patient.
September - Lois Walker, District
Lois was awarded for donating her time to trim and maintain our flowers at the district. She also purchases, circulates for signatures and mails “get well” and “thinking of you” cards when employees are sick or have had deaths in their families.
August - Robyn Sneed, District
Robyn was awarded for all the extra effort she puts forth making the arrangements to have the Kentucky Blood Center on site at the staff meetings.
July - Natasha Bowmer, Casey
Natasha was awarded for carrying an extra workload while a co-worker was off.
June - Lisa Anderson, District
Lisa was awarded for designing a server based employee incentive catalogue.
May - Bridgett Kean, Russell
Bridgett was awarded for coordinating and being inspirational in a local “Biggest Loser” effort.
April - Melinda Thomas, Russell
Melinda was awarded for taking extra measures to keep open communication with one of her student’s doctors. This resulted in catching a “deficiency” that, if gone untreated, would have likely resulted in the child’s death in a few years.
March - Allan Ramsey, Wayne
Allan was awarded for being helpful and donating sick time.
February - Kim Kane, Casey
Kim was awarded for taking care of a Boil Water Advisory in the absence of the Environmentalist.
January - Donna Parrish, Clinton
Donna was awarded for organizing collections of necessities and furniture for a family whose house had burned.
Employee of the Month Awards for 2007
December - Angel Hopkins, Pulaski
Angel was awarded for the support she gave her staff when one of their family’s children passed away.
November - Wilda Morris, Pulaski
Wilda was awarded for the support she gave a HANDS family when their child passed away.
October - Bonnie Tucker, Russell
Bonnie was awarded because, despite her recent surgery and ongoing chemotherapy, coming back to work and being very positive and doing several things to improve the building.
September - Kim Kane, Casey
Kim was awarded for helping a patient search for resources to pay for cancer treatment and, when Health Education was in a bind, assisting with their programming.
August - Chasity Patterson, Cumberland/Clinton
Chasity was awarded for working with the community to get a displaced mother clothing and necessities after a neighbor’s meth lab resulted in the lady’s home being quarantined.
July - Joyce York, Adair
Nita was awarded for researching WIC information for a soldier and family getting ready to be transferred to Germany.
June - Ruth Smith, Clinton
Ruth was awarded for working extended hours to provide extra benefit to her HANDS clients.
May - Betty Jo Tomlinson, Pulaski
Betty was awarded due to personal testimony from a patient regarding her positive experience with Betty Joe.
April - Kathy Phelps, Pulaski
Kathy was awarded for carrying the extra load for the HANDS program in Pulaski after major staff turn-over.
March - Danyel Parmley, Wayne
Danyel was awarded for creating a tri-fold brochure on her own time for her HANDS families.
February - Janet Cowherd, Taylor
Janet was awarded as a result of her Vice-principal sending a letter to the Taylor County School Superintendent and School Board thanking them for the school contract and mentioning an instance when Janet discovered a child’s problematic blood sugar level.
January - Vicky Albertson, Clinton
Vicky was awarded for working numerous hours making phone calls finding financial assistance for a needy cancer patient.
Employee of the Month Awards for 2006
December - Brian West, Pulaski
Brian was awarded for volunteering to be Santa for HANDS kids when they had someone cancel at the last minute.
November - Allison Griffiths, Green
Allison was awarded for coming in on the week-end to verify a birth so a family could take a cruise.
October - Karen Branscum, Pulaski
Karen was awarded for stopping and giving a man CPR until the ambulance showed up.
September - Michelle Chumbley, Pulaski
Michelle was awarded due to a patient’s mother’s testimony of appreciation for making a “goody bag” for her child (our patient) who was diagnosed with cancer.
August - Debbie Mayberry, McCreary
Debbie was awarded for donating her hair to make wigs for cancer patients at the Relay for Life.
July - Wilma Munsey, District
Wilma was awarded for creating multiple procedure manuals for the HR Department.
June - Amy Edwards, Wayne
Amy was awarded for writing a “healthy heart” grant, which was approved.
May - Kaylene Bush, Green
Kaylene was awarded for filling out a “PRIDE” application and working with the Environmentalist in helping a client get a septic system.
April - Roger Young, District
Roger was awarded for being helpful in multiple counties with many chores and tasks outside the boundaries of “just keeping the grounds”.
March - Carol Lane, District
Carol was awarded for persevering with Medicare regarding working out payment glitches with flu shots.
February - Lydia Irwin, Wayne
Sue was awarded for doing extra work to get a child an assessment which caught a disease early and resulted in the child getting needed treatment.
January - Teresa Harrison, Pulaski
Teresa was awarded for unstopping a plugged tracheostomy and saving a child’s life.
Employee of the Month Awards for 2005
December - Jelaine Phillips, Adair
Jelaine was awarded for taking several health education tasks beyond the call of duty.
November - Sam Price, Pulaski
Sam was awarded for spending 17 days in Mississippi doing Hurricane Katrina relief.
October - Gwen Keith, McCreary
Gwen was awarded for extra work on the Drug Inventory Pilot Project.
September - Tim Green, Green
Tim was awarded for helping provide excellent service in multiple counties during staff shortages and for being stealthy like a puma.
August - Cathy Haynes, Pulaski
Cathy was awarded for effectively dealing with several complicated MRSA infections.
July - Bonnie Tucker, Russell
Bonnie was awarded for innovations implemented and support given after becoming Office Manager.
June - Natalie True, Pulaski
Natalie was awarded as a result of personal testimony from a Pulaski School Board Member regard her presentation skills.
May - Carol Huckelby, District
Carol was awarded as a result of general testimony from several school nurses about her on-going support.
April - Miranda Bell, Green
Sherri was awarded as a result of personal testimony from a Family Resource and Youth Service Center regarding helping get a perfect Immunization Audit score.
March - Sherry Gibson, Cumberland
Miranda was awarded for exceeding performance requirements and as a result of a personal testimony from a patient.
February - Elizabeth Herndon, Pulaski
Elizabeth was awarded as a result of personal testimony from her school’s principal.
January - Victoria Bullock, District
Vickie was awarded for designing our KPHA web banner.