RUSSELLVILLE, ARKANSAS – Each year employees of Saint Mary’s Regional Health System are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the hospital, modeling the organization’s core values, and providing quality, compassionate patient care.   During the 33rd Annual Employee Awards Banquet held at Saint John’s Parish Hall, 83 employees and volunteers were honored by the hospital’s administration in the presence of nearly 200 family members and co-workers.

Employee Service Awards recognize staff who have provided 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service to the hospital. Chief Executive Officer Donnie Frederic presented all service award recipients with a special gift for years worked and their dedication to the hospital’s mission.

Service Award Recipients include:

5 Years of Service

5 Years of Service (Continued)

10 Years of Service

15 Years of Service

20 Years of Service

Shonna Babb Smith Jennifer Moneypenny Natalie Berry Ellen Ables Diane Duvall
Rob Bledsoe Abby Parham Annita Cauthren Kristi Barrett Amy Gueldner
Deanna Bohanan Jessica Paterak Amy Falleur Rebecca Blackard Robynne Jackson
Steve Bradley Shonda Penzo Nekeitha Freeman Lana Cornwell Kristi Olson
Betty Dodge Amanda Robbins Leslie Graham Jane Goodman Brenda Randles
Rob Eby Kelly Robinson Deneitha Hernandez Lori Harman Linda Tapp
April Fitzpatrick Connie Rye Sheila Hill Joyce Hudson Carla Thomas
Trixie Glasgow Chelsea Spears Richie Hipps| Gretchen Keyse
Norma Heflin Jill Tucker Bonnie Hopkins Mark Patton
Laura Holbrook Cindy Turner Renee Keeling Jo Gina Pipkin
Amanda Holmes Twylia Weatherall Jeri McCormick Leslie Shafer
Sheila Hoyt Brandie Wilson Fred Meisiek Susan Stoeckel
Brian Humphrey Lindsey Wilson Rebecca Posik Tim Tanner
Murt Jones Kelley Pride Ruby Walker
Jessica McCain Regina Reed Rosie Williams
Nakosha McNeese Terrie Richards
Lori Meadows Pam Trent


25 Years of Service

30 Years of Service

35 Years of Service

40 Years of Service

Vickie Hawkins Ken Dilday Beng Bibler Donna Lynch
Chyral Sims Flora Owens
Judy Thompson

In a lighthearted moment, forty-year recipient Flora Owens took the podium to share her appreciation for the many opportunities she has had to care for generations of family members as well as her passion for nursing at Saint Mary’s.

The highlight of the evening came with the presentation of six highly coveted, special recognition awards presented by Saint Mary’s Administrators.  The criteria for these awards are rigorous and include nominations from patients and their families as well as hospital staff.

Volunteer Excellence Award – Jerry Pruitt and Walter Jenkins

Nursing Excellence Award – Judy Thompson, RN

Promise Star Award – Jane Goodman, RN

Saint Mary’s Angel Award – Pearlie Montgomery, CNA

Team Leader of the Year Award – Daniel Bessette

Employee of the Year Award – Tim Tanner, RN

Frederic closed the evening with praise for the entire staff. “The pursuit of excellence, the commitment to quality care, and the desire to exceed patient expectations are challenges we embrace every day.  I am proud to pursue these goals with some of the most highly skilled and compassionate team members I have ever had the privilege to work with. Saint Mary’s and our entire community is blessed to have such a strong group of professionals to deliver quality care to those we love.”

About Saint Mary’s Regional Health System

Saint Mary’s Regional Health System is a 170-bed acute care hospital.  With a medical staff of more than 111 active physicians in 18 specialties, Saint Mary’s offers a wide range of quality healthcare services to residents of west central Arkansas, including cardiac catheterization, surgery, diagnostic radiology, cancer treatment, rehabilitation therapy, women and children’s services, home health and 24-hour emergency services. Saint Mary’s employs over 900 healthcare professionals who are dedicated to providing quality care with courtesy and compassion. For more information, visit Saint Mary’s is a part of Capella Healthcare, which partners with communities to build strong local healthcare systems that are known for high quality patient care and excellent service. Based in Franklin, Tenn., Capella owns and/or operates 15 acute care and specialty hospital facilities in seven states.  For more information, visit the company’s website at