Lourdes Health recently announced that Tracy Gowan has been recognized as the facility’s 2022 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s facilities 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 2002 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.
“At Lourdes Health, 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 Joanie White-Wagoner, CEO of Lourdes Health. “We are extremely proud to recognize Tracy for his efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. He goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person he encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion.”
“Tracy, a Registered Nurse, has dedicated his life both on and off the job, advocating for the most complicated and vulnerable population in our community”, White-Wagoner said. “He utilizes his clinical expertise for educating others and providing quality care in a compassionate manner. Tracy has a gift of making any individual feel like they are the most important person to him, at the moment, no matter if he has the time”.
Tracy is a genuine, compassionate individual with a big heart and a gentle soul. He inspires others by his positive attitude and the love he has for his job and patients. He often works late, covers others shifts as needed, demonstrates professionalism, respect and compassion to all individuals.
He is also committed to serving the people and organizations of his community. Tracy has served as a volunteer at Kennewick Nazarene Church for many years. During his years of service, he has been a leader who helped create a warm and welcoming environment for the kids who attended the church.
“We recently had a new family attend our service”, said Amanda Mohs, Children’s Ministry Director of Kennewick Nazarene Church. “Their son had just been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and this was the first time he was going to be out of his parents care since spending a week in the hospital. Tracy went out of his way to comfort the parents and give them the confidence to allow their son to stay with his peers for Tracy’s class. After the service the parents let me know how meaningful Tracy’s attention was and that he helped them feel a little bit more normal after such a dramatic change in their household”.
Each hospital winner, including Tracy, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2022 companywide Mercy Award. The companywide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., in August, to which Tracy and all facility winners are invited to attend.
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