An emergency department nurse known for her kindness to patients has been named Johnston Health’s Ambassador of the Year.
Lisa Johnson of Pine Level received the award during the hospital system’s annual service awards banquet. She was named Ambassador of the Month last December and then selected for the top award from among 10 other recipients.
“I’m extremely honored,” Johnson said afterward. “This award makes me want to work even harder.”
During her 30-year nursing career, Johnson has also worked in hospice and in private practice. For 20 years, she has been in the emergency department at Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield.
At the banquet, Chuck Elliott, president and chief executive of Johnston Health, kept the audience in suspense while he described the recipient as helpful, genuine, compassionate, respectful and skilled. He said the selection of the Ambassador of the Year is based on exemplary actions and commitment to the goals of Johnston Health.
Outside of work, Johnson has been involved in the fundraising campaign to expand the emergency department. Those activities have included bake sales and the Johnston Health Champions 5K.
Also at the banquet, the hospital system honored employees celebrating milestone anniversaries and retirement. Dr. Regina Ryan and Ralph Stewart, chairman of the Johnston Health Board of Commissioners, were guests at the event and, in brief remarks, thanked all the employees for their hard work and service.
Employees and their milestones were: 30 years, Deborah Batten, Susan D. Benson, Cammy Clarke and Deborah Dillon-Bryant; 25 years, Benjamin Boyette, Greg Garris, Connie Godwin, Caroline Hester, Wanda Howell, Rayford Hudson, Laura Vaughn and Jamie Williams; 20 years, Ellen Coates, Connie Creech, Doris Ford, Shirley Hobbs, Mary Holder, Matylda Malocha, Gussie McLean, Crystal Reimann, Linda Sorrells, Michael Thompson and Beth Walker; 15 years, Reandy Barbee, Nancy Batchelor, Brenda Chellew, Jonathan Crabtree, Dana Davis, Stephen DeLaporte, Rebecca Neumann, Wendy Parrish-Phillips, Cynthia Pinder, Robin Powell, J.P. Renfrow Jr. and Kimberly Thompson; and 10 years, Pamela Acree, Tammy Baker, Rodney Best, Mary Casey, Teresa Cuddington, Brandon Davis, Pamela Denning, Sherry Faircloth, Margaret Foretia, Teri Hayes, Donna Holleman, Rebecca Hurley, Ruby-Lynn Lee, Jessica Massengill, Stephanie McLeod, Melinda Mercer, Casey Nunnery, Candice Patterson, Lisa Pilkington, Regina Sherman, Sharon Stafford, Adam Stancil, Sarah Strickland, Delores Vick and Derek Walker.