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DCH Recognizes Latest DCH Excellence Award Winners


Michele Jones and Carrie Ridgway are the most recent recipients of the DCH Excellence Award. Nominations for the Excellence Award may be made by an employee of the Health System, volunteers or physicians. The award is based on an employee’s performance, attitude, dependability and dedication.

Michele Jones, DCH Home Health Care Agency
Michele Jones is a physical therapist with DCH Home Health Care Agency. She was recognized for her clinical excellence and her role as a mentor and educator. Her attitude is one of conquering issues before they become problems. In her off time, Jones has volunteered to use her skills to help an underprivileged teenager improve her mobility and lower body strength. Jones also provided first aid that helped save the life of a victim of a motor vehicle accident last year.


Carrie Ridgway, The DCH SpineCare Center
Each day Carrie comes to work, she gives her patients, her co-workers and our physicians her very best effort She is known by her co-workers to be a compassionate, friendly and caring leader for her department. Carrie never hesitates helping a co-worker, or going the extra mile for a patient. In the community, she coaches youth cheerleaders, and volunteers as a member of the medical team for "Night to Shine," which provides prom-like experiences to people with special needs.


Michele and Carrie join the following winners of the DCH Excellence Award in 2018:

Hannah Lanier, NICU, Northport Medical Center
Hannah Lanier, a six-year DCH employee, works in the NICU at Northport Medical Center. She embodies compassion, positivity, motivation and teamwork. When functioning as a charge nurse or staff RN, she consistently goes above the call of duty. She volunteers without hesitation to stay over when the unit is in need. Hannah thinks outside the box when it comes to her patients and their parents. When she takes care of a baby in the NICU, she doesn’t just focus on the baby; she focuses on the family as a whole. Hannah never makes a family member feel like she does not have time for them. She consistently shows patience and understanding when communicating with family members. She sets a standard of care within our unit and within the hospital.

Stephanie Shults, Supply Chain
Stephanie Shults accepted a position in the Supply Chain Department three years ago after serving 17 years as an RN and nurse manager in Surgical Services. When retirements and long medical leaves left large gaps in coverage for Lab, Cardiovascular and Surgical Services contracts, Stephanie graciously took those contract portfolios in addition to all of her other responsibilities. She has saved thousands of dollars with her attention to detail. Stephanie is also very involved in the community as a volunteer with Hospice of West Alabama, the Dirt, Sweat and Gears Trail Duathlon, youth softball and volleyball. She also participates in the VALOR Program at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center assisting veterans with their needs.

Ed Hutchins, Information Technology
Ed, an IT analyst who joined DCH in June 2015 in the Desktop Support Group. He is known for his exemplary work ethic. He strives for excellence when handling computer issues for DCH employees. He sets high standards for his co-workers. 

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