SMYRNA – More than 810 years of collective service was celebrated during the annual TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center Employee Service Awards dinner on Feb. 18.
About 130 people gathered in the Smyrna Town Center to recognize 90 TriStar StoneCrest employees who reached milestone years of service. The employees represented HCA careers spanning from 5-30 years. There were 50 employees celebrating 10 years of service from 2003-2013, an anniversary milestone shared this year with TriStar StoneCrest.
As the ceremony got underway, Joe Bowman, interim chief executive officer of TriStar StoneCrest, reminded attendees of a famous reflection from HCA founder, Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., who once said: ‘It’s not bricks and mortar and equipment that make a hospital. It’s the warmth, compassion and attitude of good employees that lead to quality care.
“He was talking about each of you. The impact we’ve had on our community and the accomplishments of this hospital wouldn’t happen without our employees,” said Bowman. “Which is why tonight is all about celebrating your contributions. Thank you for your years of service in healthcare with HCA and thank you to your spouses and significant others who support you.”
Each honoree was presented with a certificate recognizing their years of service.
Connie Patterson, RN, who works in the TriStar StoneCrest emergency department, was recognized for 30 years of service with HCA. Patterson began her career with Southern Hills Emergency Department in Smyrna in 1983 where she worked until moving to the new TriStar StoneCrest Emergency Department when it opened in 2003.
“Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a nurse,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like it’s been 30 years…it goes by fast when you love what you do.”
Patterson said the family-oriented culture at HCA facilities is also a big part of her three decades of healthcare service with one company.
“Working at HCA is like working with your family,” explained Patterson. “That’s especially true at TriStar StoneCrest. We are truly a community hospital caring for our patients and one another.”