Susan Moorhouse recognized for demonstrating compassion and commitment to helping others

Saint Mary’s Regional Health System recently announced that Susan (Susie) Moorhouse, Food Services Asst. Director, has been recognized as the hospital’s 2019 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.

The Mercy Award is an annual recognition program established in 2001 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.

“At Saint Mary’s, we share LifePoint’s commitment to Making Communities Healthier®, and we recognize this is supported by the good work and service of our employees on and off the job,” said Jim Davidson, CEO of Saint Mary’s. “We are extremely proud to recognize Susie for her efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. She goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person she encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion.”

Saint Mary’s Food Services Director Daniel Bessette shared a few of the many reasons why he nominated Moorhouse.

“Susie represents our hospital and our culture of pride far beyond the walls of this facility,” Bessette said. “She cares for our communities as much as she cares for our individual patients. Susie has volunteered countless hours to many local community projects, schools, churches and civic organizations. On multiple occasions she’s prepared and coordinated meals for our local homeless shelter. She makes cookies for staff just to brighten their long work days. She makes special meals for patients who might need a little extra comfort.  You can find her at the hospital at night or on weekends making cakes for those receiving care on their birthday or wedding anniversary. She is a very special lady, and I’m proud to work with her.”

Moorhouse was selected from a field of 10 outstanding employees who were nominated by directors, supervisors and peers throughout Saint Mary’s Regional Health System. Nominees included: Terry Dortch, LPN/Chart Auditor, Case Management, 13 yrs, 2 months; Dana Duvall, RN, Cath Lab, 4 years, 11 months; Marilyn Forrest, RN, Rehab, 38 years, 8 months; Kelly Gilbert, Scrub Tech, Surgical Services, 16 years, 3 months; Jeri McCormick, RN/Clinical Informatics Analyst, Information Systems, 17 years; Susan Moorhouse, Asst. Director, Dietary Services, 31 years, 7 months; Chelsea Spears, OB Scrub Tech, Women’s & Children’s Dept., 11 years, 7 months; Nicole Sweet, OB Scrub Tech, Women’s & Children’s Dept, 18 years, 1 month; Laura “Sue” Talbert, RN, Behavioral Health Unit, 6 years, 2 months; and Tim Tanner, RN,  Emergency Dept., 21 years, 11 months.

Each hospital winner, including Moorhouse, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2019 companywide Mercy Award. The companywide winner will be announced this summer. In August, Moorhouse and all other hospital winners will be honored during a ceremony in Nashville, TN, in which they are invited to attend.

When asked what this award meant to her, Moorhouse responded, “I am truly blessed to receive this recognition for many reasons. In many ways it honors my mother, who became a nurse at the age of 26. She was passionate about helping others. Growing up, we would often be stopped when we were out in public and thanked for her role in their lives and the care she provided as a nurse or mentor, or perhaps for providing a little financial assistance.

“My mom’s commitment to her passion had a profound effect on me. My job at Saint Mary’s has allowed me to fulfill my passions, many of which I share with my mother. I love my job and the people I work for. I am fortunate and grateful to work for an employer that encourage and supports volunteerism, not only in our hospital, but throughout our community.”