Oak Hill Hospital has announced its Star Associates of the Month of February. Each month hospital associates are chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by their peers, patients, patient families, and physicians.
In making the announcement Oak Hill Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Sonia Gonzalez said, “Dr. Thomas Frist, Senior, our founder, always believed that ‘Good people beget good people.’ People like Debora, Kathy and Christy prove that Oak Hill Hospital will continue the legacy.”
Debora Delgado, RN
Debora joined the HCA community in 1997 in emergency room registration at Oak Hill Hospital. She then went on to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point as a unit secretary in 1998, became a registered nurse in 2002 and returned to Oak Hill Hospital in 2008 where she is now a critical care nurse in our open heart unit. She and her husband, Mark, live in Spring Hill. Debora has a son and daughter, David and Crysta, and a stepdaughter, Brittany. Debora’s nomination came from a patient’s daughter who is also a nurse of 24 years. She praised Debora for her compassion and attention to her mother as well as the entire family. As a nurse herself the writer stated that, “As an RN of 24 years myself, Mrs. Delgado exemplifies the practice of nursing in its truest form. She is extremely knowledgeable in her specialty as well as kind, compassionate, empathetic and always professional.” The writer stated that she felt great relief and total confidence knowing that her mother was in great hands. As for her part, Debora says that what she likes most about working at Oak Hill Hospital is that “everyone works together as a team.”
Kathy Harper, RN
Kathy joined Oak Hill Hospital’s pediatric department as a registered nurse in 2009. She is responsible for clinical management of our pediatric patients. She lives in Brooksville and has two grown daughters, Rebecca and Sarah. Her nomination came from a coworker who praised her for coming in on her night off to admit a child who was a direct admission. “She had worked the night before and only had three hours sleep. She came in quickly, admitted, assessed and settled the family until another nurse could come in.” Kathy has a reputation for being dedicated and compassionate. For her part Kathy says that what she likes most about Oak Hill Hospital is her coworkers.
Christy Marafino, Phlebotomist
Christy joined Oak Hill Hospital’s lab in December of 2009. She is a certified phlebotomist and concentrates predominantly in the outpatient laboratory at entrance “C” with a majority of the patients coming for pre-op lab work. She lives in Hudson and her family consists of her mother, Wendy, father, Curt, sister, Jacquelynn, and her brother, Cody. Christy’s nomination came from a patient who is a leader in the community and has had some experience as a regular patient in a variety of healthcare institutions. In his nomination he stated that, “anyone who has to have surgery is quite concerned and a bit scared, and I am no different.” He went on to praise Christy as one of the top phlebotomists he encountered in his “many surgeries I have had in the past.” He also praised Christy for her genuine concern and willingness to keep him informed on the status as he went through the process of pre-operative procedures. For her part, Christy says that “I enjoy being part of a team that helps make our patients not feel like just a number, but that we care about them individually whether they are here for days or even just a few minutes.