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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May the Fourth be with you: 'Star Wars' theme a big hit at Service Awards

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The 2017 Service Awards fell on May 4, so to take advantage of that date, Mountain States went with a “Star Wars” theme: “May the Fourth be with you!”

Attendees had big fun at the event, which honored hundreds of team members across Mountain States for their years of service, and recognized this year’s Servant’s Heart winners and showed short videos about them.

For a photo gallery from the Service Awards, click here.

Nancy Woodward from Norton Community Hospital, here with CEO Mark Leonard, was recognized for 50 years of service.The event took place last Thursday at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center, and team members were greeted by Star Wars characters – including Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Princess Leia and Obi-Wan Kenobi – who constantly posed for photos and selfies, and later helped congratulate many team members on stage for their years of service.

“We love hosting this event and recognizing our team members’ service,” said Candice Barnwell, HR director for Blue Ridge Medical Management Corporation and one of the event’s organizers. “We try to pick a theme that will engage the team members and make it memorable, and the past two years we’ve been fortunate because last year’s celebration fell on May 5 so we had a Cinco de Mayo theme, and this year it was on May the 4th.”

The Service Awards always take on a celebratory atmosphere and this year was no different, with festive decorations, noisemakers, themed refreshments, live music by the Johnson City Cantina band, and a full dinner.

About 680 team members were eligible to be honored for reaching different benchmarks for years of service with Mountain States, starting at 10 years and hitting each five-year anniversary on up. About 300 of them were able to attend the banquet and be honored on stage. There were 17 team members who reached their 40-year mark, while Rebecca Cornett, operating room nurse at Smyth County Community Hospital, was honored for 45 years and Nancy Woodward, nursing supervisor at Norton Community Hospital, had the highest total at 50 years of service.

One of the featured decorations for the evening was a 12-foot Death Star hanging from the ballroom ceiling. It was made from a huge beach ball that a member of the MeadowView staff painstakingly painted to look like the Death Star.

Some of the Star Wars costumes were worn by members of Mountain States human resources, other departments, and their family members. The most elaborate costumes were provided and worn by members of the local 501st Legion, a worldwide organization that portrays Star Wars characters at various events.

Nine Servant’s Heart Awards winners were named this year, with the six frontline and leadership recipients recognized at the banquet with a video about them. Here are our 2017 recipients:

  • Dr. Glen Hatcher, Tennessee facilities, physician honoree
  • Dr. Trey Robertson, JCMC/Franklin Woods, physician
  • Sherry Maddux, Indian Path, leadership
  • Mitch Kennedy, Norton/Dickenson, leadership
  • Nathan Osborne, JMH, leadership
  • Jibber Ward, Norton, volunteer
  • Chris Birchfield, JCMC, frontline
  • Janie McGlocklin, JMH, frontline
  • Shirley Lipscomb, SCCH, frontline

“What a blessing it is to have people like this in our organization – people who dedicate themselves to a life of serving others,” Mountain States CEO and President Alan Levine told the audience. “Tonight we honor them, and we celebrate all of you and the work you do.”

A special Servant's Heart issue of The Mountain Star is coming soon, featuring stories and videos about our winners. Also be on the lookout for upcoming info about how to view or obtain photos from the 2017 Service Awards.