July 25, 2017

Heath Receives Carder Award

Huggins Hospital Operating Room Clinical Coordinator Stacey Heath, RN, CNOR, is the 2017 recipient of the Huggins Hospital Board of Trustees’ Roy B. Carder Service Excellence Award. The award is named in honor of the late Roy B. Carder who dedicated his energy, time and talents as a member of Huggins Hospital’s Board of Trustees. The award recognizes an employee who personifies the best of the best, every day.

The Huggins Hospital Board of Trustees chose Heath because of her extensive knowledge of daily operations, professional and personal credibility and consistent delivery of the highest quality of patient care. This is the third year the Trustees have recognized an employee with this award.

“Stacey always takes initiative and accepts and carries out additional responsibilities,” said Debbie Simone, education coordinator at Huggins Hospital and past recipient of the Roy B. Carder Award. “She always embraces an opportunity to improve both employee and patient satisfaction. She represents Huggins Hospital’s values every day with quality of care for the individual patient being her highest priority.”

Heath is respected for her clinical skills and thoughtful, thorough approach with her patients and colleagues. She is detail-oriented and always keeps the patient at the center of any decision she makes. Her steadfast commitment and leadership acumen has helped advance surgical services at the hospital. Heath began her healthcare career at Huggins as a dietary aide in 1986. In 1991 she became a member of the pharmacy, where she became one of the first certified pharmacy technicians in the state, and then started her career as a nurse in 2007.

“I am extremely humbled and honored at the notion of my peers thinking of me as a potential candidate and taking the time to officially nominate me for the award,” Heath said. “I feel proud to be among the previous recipients, Debbie Simone and Garry Simons, both who set the bar pretty high when it comes to excellence.”

Roy B. Carder was a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army during World War II and eventually moved to the U.S. as an executive for Exxon. Carder had a love and dedication for Huggins Hospital that most people would describe as “contagious.”