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After a three-year pandemic pause, the John R. Melin Appreciation Award has returned to honor four IU Health Methodist Hospital team members who go above and beyond their job descriptions.
Made possible by a gift from the late Dr. John R. Melin and his wife, Virginia, the John R. Melin Appreciation Award typically is given annually to one IU Health Methodist Hospital team member who consistently exceeds normal expectations. This year, to make up for the pandemic years when the award was not given, four outstanding employees are being recognized.
Nominated by fellow team members, winners receive a $1,500 cash award to honor behind-the scenes work, support of colleagues, and general professional excellence. To be eligible for the award, a team member must have worked for IU Health Methodist Hospital for at least three years.
The 2023 winners are:
Information Services Manager Mary Brown, RN. In her 25 years with IU Health Methodist Hospital, Mary Brown has earned admiration for her “open-heart” attitude, willingness to help any and all hospital staff, and dedication to seeing her team members grow in their profession. Said nominator Marilyn Johnston, “Mary Brown is a humble leader who is committed to IU Health values, our team and the future of healthcare delivery in the IU Health system.”
Environmental Services Team Lead Kenny Clay, EVS, ED. Kenny Clay never waits for someone to ask for assistance; he asks IU Health Methodist Hospital team members and patients’ family members if they need anything and then he gets it. Examples include offering to pick up food for busy staff and procuring recliners for patient visitors. And, for 12 years, he’s done this with a smile on his face. “I haven’t ever met an employee like him before,” said nominator Kelsey Norris.
Clinical Nurse Branden Hinojosa, RN. “Brandy” Hinojosa has worked for IU Health Methodist Hospital for nearly 20 years, routinely taking on new roles and increasing her expertise. But it’s her generous spirit that nominator Teresa Byrd highlighted most. Brandy has been known to help patients with limited means by paying for medications or clothes to wear home, providing birthday gifts for patients without families, and more. “She does whatever she can to help or find someone who can,” Byrd said.
Patient Care Assistant Doris Howard, PCA. Better known as “Miss Doris,” Doris Howard ensures patients never feel like she’s in a hurry, even on busy days. With team members, she is equally patient, teaching and mentoring compassionate care for nearly 30 years. Recently considering retirement, she was unable to overrule her passion for the work and continues to work part-time. As nominator Rebecca Swift put it, “Miss Doris truly exemplifies the IU Health values without any effort.”
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