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DCH Recognizes Latest DCH Excellence Award Winners


Hannah Lanier and Stephanie Shults 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.

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.

Hannah and Stephanie join the following winners of the DCH Excellence Award in 2018:

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. 

Betty Jones, Nutritional Services, DCH Regional Medical Center

Betty has been employed by DCH for 28 years, and has always demonstrated compassion for patients, the highest level of integrity and the ability to hold staff accountable without compromising DCH values. She is a true "ambassador" to the community. When you making patient rounds, Betty has a unique, caring approach that immediately makes the patient and family members feel at ease. She constantly demonstrates the ability to handle delicate situations, do service recovery and make the patient feel special in our care.

Brandon Owens, DCH Home Medical Equipment
Brandon is a delivery technician for DCH Home Medical Equipment. Patients have commented that is always willing to help anyone in need. He is extremely helpful to our patients. He has helped patients make room in their homes for medical equipment. Brandon is kind and understanding with patients during a time of need. Brandon has been complimented by patients for being very efficient, knowledgeable and an asset to DCH. He is compassionate, caring and has a special place in his heart for those with special needs.

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