STAR of the Year

AnMed Health 2017 STAR of the Year Russell Hendrix

Russell Hendrix, a charge nurse in the ICU, was named 2017 STAR of the Year.

On his way home after working a 12-hour shift in August, Hendrix, who is also a volunteer fireman, got a call to assist EMS with a patient at her home in Iva. When he arrived, Hendrix noted that the patient was conscious, but very short of breath and her condition was deteriorating quickly. Suspecting she may have a pulmonary embolism, he helped the EMTs get the patient into the ambulance and then climbed aboard himself to help them care for her en route to the emergency room. Shortly after they got on the road, the patient went limp and no longer had a pulse. Hendrix immediately put his critical care expertise into action, beginning chest compressions and giving instructions to the others which ultimately saved the patient’s life. The patient was admitted to the ICU the next day, where Hendrix was able to check on her during his shift.

ICU Nurse Manager Aimee Sharp, who nominated Hendrix, highlighted his sense of service and compassion. “Russell could have easily gone home after working 12 hours and let someone else take the call, but he went to help someone in our community in need. I am so proud of my ICU staff on a daily basis, but instances like this truly demonstrate that I am surrounded by heroes.”

About the STAR Program

The AnMed Health STAR program is a way for AnMed Health to recognize employees for doing a great job. The STAR program's goal is to reward those individuals and teams who meet and exceed AnMed Health's Organizational Standards and make significant contributions to the mission, vision, and building blocks of AnMed Health by practicing excellent customer service (both internal and external), team leadership/participation, and better cost control and quality.

If you are a visitor or patient and would like to nominate an employee for STAR service, you may email your nomination to training@anmedhealth.org or pick up a nomination form from Reflections Café, Camellia Café, or any front desk at the Medical Center or North Campus.

The Rewards and Recognition Committee chooses one STAR of the Year from all STARs of the Month from the previous year.

Previous STARs of the Year

2017 Winner Russell Hendrix, Nursing
2016 Winner Sunni Busby, Nursing
2015 Winner Jeff Sinkele, Training and Organizational Development
2014 Winner Jamie Moon, Emergency Department and Respiratory Services
2013 Winner BeLinda Bacher, Pediatric Therapy Works
2012 Winner Cindy Swaney, Pediatrics
2011 Winner Jeanne Nourse, Lymphedema
2010 Winner Mindy Romosca, Home Care
2009 Winner Beth Pettit, Rehab
2008 Winner Amy Bouzammour, Clinical Outcomes
2007 Winner Marlene Campbell, Nursing
2006 Winner MaeRena Boseman, Catering
2005 Winner Sharon Steed, Pediatric Therapy Works
2004 Winner Stacy Hammett, Rehab Services