Archive for Employee Stories

A Grateful Heart

March 21, 2012 No Comments

During a frightening medical crisis in 2006, I lost my job and had to go on unemployment. After fighting my way back to health, I needed to find work. Saint Joseph Health System not only helped heal my heart, but the organization offered me a job. More than five years later, I am still with […]


January 17, 2012 No Comments

***All names have been changed to protect privacy*** Long before Dolly became a patient of mine, for years I had seen her walking around town. She was usually dirty and in bedraggled clothes. I didn’t know what her story was, I just knew that she looked like someone’s pitiful forgotten granny. And that her family […]

December 29, 2011

December 29, 2011 No Comments

***Patient names have been changed to protect privacy*** It was a Monday morning in July, as I arrived at Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown, Kentucky. I knew from the white rose in the crystal vase displayed in the nurses’ station that we had a death on Sunday. I paused for a moment and smiled knowing […]

My Angel

November 28, 2011 No Comments

Late one afternoon I received a call from HR asking me if I had time to interview an applicant. The HR rep said she had a walk-in interested in my vacant position. I agreed and she walked the applicant to my office. As my assistant, Roberta, and I talked with the applicant we learned she […]

Snow Angel

November 18, 2011 No Comments

***Patient names have been changed to protect privacy*** The phone was ringing on Monday morning before I could set my coffee cup down and take off my coat, scarf and gloves. Snow had fallen and the air was frosty and bitter. Winter had been severe in Kentucky and people were getting weary from the elements. […]


October 3, 2011 No Comments

I don’t believe in coincidence. I do believe that God puts certain people in our paths for a reason. Only God could use a Superhero T-shirt and a movie to facilitate a conversation and prayer. Flaget Memorial Hospital has a wonderful walking path for employees, visitors and the community to enjoy. At the entrance to […]

A Shoulder to Lean On

August 30, 2011 No Comments

Teresa Fightmaster will NOT give in to breast cancer. As she says in the story she posted on “WILL survive! Early detection saved me twice!” Fightmaster, a registered nurse with the Saint Joseph Heart Institute at Saint Joseph East (SJE), was pretty much alone when she went through breast cancer the first time. That […]

Ministry of Presence

July 30, 2011 No Comments

Standing 6 feet tall and weighing in at 225 solid pounds, Michael Bowman is an imposing security guard atSaint Joseph- Jessamine RJ Corman Ambulatory Care Center (SJJ). What is most impressive about Bowman, according to his co-workers, however, is not his size or strength. Instead, it’s his ability to defuse a violent situation with gentleness […]

Sheila Roberts brings holistic approach to Saint Joseph – Berea

April 11, 2011 No Comments

While Sheila Roberts flipped through the pages of the latest edition of Catholic Health Initiatives’ Sacred Stories, the title “James Died Today” jumped out. Written by a nurse at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Colorado, the story described a patient who was at the end stage of lymphocytic leukemia and the hospital’s efforts to ease […]

Health Care Heroes

March 23, 2011 No Comments

When Crystal Steele decided to attend nursing school after pushing paper in a bank for several years, she knew it was because she wanted to make more of a difference with her life. She began working as a swan in the critical care unit at Saint Joseph Hospital to see if her hunch was correct […]

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