Oak Hill Hospital Announces Its Associates of the Month

Oak Hill Hospital has announced its Star Associates of the Month of September. Each month hospital associates are chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by their peers, patients, patient families, and physicians.

This month’s Oak Hill Hospital “Stars” are:

Mary Todd, RN
Mary Todd joined Oak Hill Hospital in May 1984 before the hospital was even opened. She served on the medical/surgical floor when it was “one” floor and included the Medical Critical Care Unit, the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the post-surgical unit. Mary is now the clinical educator for surgical services where it is her job to “ensure the competency of the staff throughout the several departments of surgical services and that staff’s overall compliance with the regulatory agencies.” Mary’s nomination came from the director of her department and it cited a particular incident where a patient had asked if he could come in early in the morning for a blood transfusion. During his registration he stated that he and wife had plans to go away for the weekend to celebrate his birthday. It was their wish to leave by noon. “Not only did Mary make sure everything was ready for him by 6 am but she stopped on her way to work and brought him a birthday cake. She went out of her way to make sure that the patient’s birthday was extra special, despite his needing a blood transfusion.” Mary says that Oak Hill Hospital has always demonstrated excellence in providing a work environment that promotes teamwork, professional development, and quality patient care.

Robert Virgilio, Transporter
Robert joined Oak Hill Hospital in February 2008 as a transporter where his primary function is to transport patients from their rooms to testing sites and to ensure that they are comfortable throughout the process. Robert lives in Spring Hill with his family, which consists of his mother, Ellen Virgilio, his father, Victor Virgilio, Jr., his three sisters, Ashley, Michele and Nicole and his brother Victor Virgilio, III. Robert’s nomination also came from a coworker who was particularly proud of the composure that Robert showed on a specific day when a patient suffered a medical emergency in the elevator when just the coworker and Robert were present. “Robert kept his head, listened, and did everything that was asked; he demonstrated quickness and efficiency and was a much needed asset during the emergency.” The coworker added, “I hope he furthers his career into a field where he can utilize his skills to the fullest.” For his part Robert says, “I love the people that work here at Oak Hill Hospital. They are kind and caring.”

Alaina Jacobs, Unit Secretary
Alaina began work on the fourth floor in October of 2009 as a unit secretary. She views her job as “to input orders, do clerical, filing, answer the phone, etc.” Alaina’s nomination came from the entire night shift staff of the Progressive Care Unit, who were particularly grateful for her going  the extra mile when she was required to “float” to their unit to assist as a unit secretary for that evening. The entire PCU team regarded her as organized, thorough, knowledgeable, and professional. “She was extremely competent and a pleasure to work with. We are all very grateful for her help.” For Alaina’s part she feels that the best part of working at Oak Hill Hospital is, “the spirit of community.”

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 Mary, Robert and Alaina prove that Oak Hill Hospital will continue the legacy.”