An emergency department nurse known for putting patients first is Johnston Health’s Ambassador of the Year.
Brian Gold of Garner received the award during the Red Carpet Awards Banquet on May 13. He was among 12 employees previously honored by their peers as Ambassadors of the Month. The hospital’s administrators chose him for the top award.
“I’m humbled and honored,” Gold said afterward. “I enjoy helping people and saving lives.”
Gold has been a nurse at Johnston Health in Clayton for the three years. He is a preceptor, a member of the chest pain committee and chairman of the customer service committee.
During the presentation, Chuck Elliott, chief executive and president of Johnston Health, kept the audience in suspense as he described the recipient as a positive role model, patient advocate and problem solver. He said the selection of the Ambassador of the Year is based on exemplary actions and commitment to the goals of Johnston Health.
“They live by our ideals, mission and vision, and strive to better themselves and the organization,” he said.
Elliott said Gold had played an important role in the Clayton hospital being recognized nationally by its vendor, Healthstream, for outstanding patient satisfaction.
Also at the banquet, Johnston Health recognized employees celebrating milestone anniversaries and retirement. During guest remarks, Dr. Regina Ryan, chief of the medical staff, thanked employees for working alongside doctors in taking care of patients.
Bobby Parker, chairman of Johnston Health Services Corp., said the board of directors has great confidence in the staff. “We know the hospital is in good hands,” he said. “You are the most valuable asset we have, and we appreciate you.”
Employees and their milestones were: 30th anniversary, Kyle McDermott and Brookie Stanley; 25th, Diana Allen, Jean Barnes, Amanda Browning, Teresa Chappell, Cynthia Renfrow and Jacqueline Smith; 20th, Karla Allen, Tracy Davis, Denise Deel, LaRue Keith, April Moore, Teresa O’Neal and Wake Styron; 15th, Vickie Brown, Gina Cobb-Jackson, Cynthia Cone, Lori Dishman, Donna Godwin, Donna Hinnant, Teresa Johnson, Barbara Joyner, Barbara McDougle, Gary Mileski, Shelly Phillips, Tracy Register, Robin Schwartz, David Sellers, Billy Stanley, Karen Strickland, Angela Wadsworth, Lisa Whitley; and 10th, Cynthia Baker, Cathy Batten, Mark Bowling, Jennifer Brown, Billie Bryant, Magaly Buffey, Donna Camin, Brenton Cherry, Jeanne Codd, Millie Coley, Crystal Collins, Lisa Cotton, Tracey Davis, Angela Fortson, Jan Garner, Crystal Godwin, Janice Hinton, Karen Hughes, Sharon Hughes, Stephanie Keene, Laura McLamb, Amber Newcomb, Deborah Norris, Daniel Pate Jr., Debbie Price, Patrick Price, Eric Rothman, Ashley Scott, Deborah Shepard, Kristy Stanley, Rhonda Stanley, Wade Staten, Jacqueline Stevens, Robbie Taylor, Rebecca Whitley, Judy Williams, Lee Wilson and Cynthia Wooters.
Retirees recognized were Dan Kelley for 22 years, Gussie McLean (21), Lucy Coats (40), Marcia Warner (30), Shelva Watkins (38) and Teresa Rhodes (32).