Janet Evans of Princeton is the Johnston Health Ambassador for June.
Evans is the lead cardiovascular ultrasound technician in the cardiology department at Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield. In addition to doing procedures, she oversees the scheduling, orientation and training for co-workers in her department and manages the system that archives ultrasound images. She is also the liaison between the hospital and students in the sonography program at Johnston Community College.
The Ambassador program recognizes employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. Criteria include the employee’s effort in delivering quality care, customer service, teamwork and contributions to the financial strength of the health care system.
In presenting the award, Johnston Health chief executive Chuck Elliott described Evans as a skilled diagnostic sonographer who cares deeply for patients. He shared a story of how she took a newly admitted patient to his room after a procedure and waited with him until his nurse arrived. “He had been anxious and in pain,” Elliott said. “Her calming presence helped him relax.”
Shelby Holt, director of cardiopulmonary services, said Evans is the glue that holds the department together. “She’s knowledgeable, organized and works well with everyone,” she said. “Patients love her because she’s open, caring and compassionate.”
Evans said she was humbled by the award. “There are so many wonderful people who are ambassadors for the hospital,” she said. “I think it’s a wonderful place to work.”
Evans is a graduate of South Johnston High School and Johnston Community College. She worked at a medical practice in Princeton for 16 years before returning to JCC to take courses in ultrasound technology. She came to work at the hospital in 2004, shortly before finishing her studies.
Evans said the co-workers in her department feel like family. “I never get tired of my job, and I love my contact with patients,” she adds. “If I see a need, I want to help out. I think most of us feel that way.”
Evans grew up on N.C. 50, between Benson and Meadow. She and her husband, Mark, have two children: Brent, 22, and Lydia, 14.