ARH honors Johnson as 2015 CARES Award Winner

Staff Report

McDOWELL – Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) recently honored 12 employees from across its Kentucky and West Virginia system in Lexington.

Employee representatives from each ARH community who had been named as their respective hospital’s Annual CARES Winner were recognized during the system’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Atha Johnson was honored because of his proven dedication and commitment to exceeding the ARH CARES Standards (Communication, Attentive, Respectful, Environment and Special) at McDowell ARH Hospital.

Johnson has four years of service with ARH and works as an environmental service aide at McDowell ARH Hospital.

“Atha is an excellent employee who is diligent in his work and takes pride in our hospital, but more importantly, he is a spiritual man who shares his love and faith with our patients and his co-workers,” said McDowell ARH Community CEO Russ Barker. “Atha has a smile and pleasant greeting for everyone he meets. He is a true asset to our facility and very deserving of this CARES award.”

According to Barker, hospital staff says his positive attitude makes him a great asset to the McDowell team. Some of the reasons noted for Atha being chosen as the annual winner at McDowell ARH include: He always has a smile on his face and speaks to everyone that he comes in contact with. Whether it is a simple, “Hi, how are you today?” or “Have a great day,” he is a positive influence to others. If you ask him how he is, you will always receive a reply of, “I am blessed!” He strives to do his best, is willing to lend a helping hand and goes above and beyond his duties to try and make the lives of others more pleasant.

“Atha will come in on his days off or while on his breaks at work, just to pray with patients and their families as well as his co-workers. Extraordinary measures such as these should not go unrecognized; Atha truly deserves this award,” shared McDowell ARH Human Resources Manager Danya Anderson.

During the award ceremony, CARES winners received a plaque in recognition of their achievement. “These employees have been recognized as going above and beyond to care for our patients, the communities we serve and their coworkers,” ARH President and CEO Joe Grossman said. “We are very proud of each of our CARES winners and sincerely appreciate their dedication to a health system that means so much to our communities.”

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