Jackson Purchase Medical Center has named Ann Thornton the 2019 recipient of its annual Mercy Award in recognition of her work that profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the Lifepoint company was founded.
The award was established in 2001 to honor Scott Mercy, LifePoint's founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.
"At Jackson Purchase Medical Center, we share LifePoint's commitment to Making Communities Healthier, and we recognize this is supported by the good work and service of our employees on and off the job," said Dave Anderson, the hospital's CEO. "We are extremely proud to recognize Ann Thornton for her efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. She goes out of her way each and every day to ensure that every person she encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion."
Thornton has been with JPMC for over 12 years and gives special attention to patients who visit the department by making their visit pleasant, enjoyable, and personal. She knows them by name, knows what they like, and will give them rewards for positive therapy results, JPMC officials said in a news release.
Thornton is very involved in her church, especially in youth ministries. She has volunteered at her church for over 40 years and helps in the nursery, Bible School and youth camps. In addition to her work at church, she has participated in several mission trips.
Each hospital winner, including Thornton, will be considered for LifePoint's 2019 companywide Mercy Award. The companywide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, in August to which she and all hospital winners are invited.