KNOXVILLE – Congratulations to Larry Van Baale, Nursing-Med/Surg., for being selected the KHC Hero of the Month.

“Larry has recently taken on the Med/Surg. position. In the past months, he has fully staffed Med/Surg. and has been able to eliminate agency staff and financially benefiting our budget and increasing employee satisfaction. Larry has a true passion for the success of KHC. Larry was filling in as Resource Nurse a few weeks ago and a patient came into the ER late. This patient was hungry and Larry helped him out by getting him a meal from a local fast food restaurant. Larry has gone above and beyond several times to accommodate patient’s basic needs that we often take for granted. He is very passionate about the success of his department as well. Currently he is problem solving medication scanning issues. He has identified work flow issues and addressed them as well. He promotes excellent communication and teamwork. He is constantly out working with his staff and is very supportive and tuned in to the success of his newer staff. He has implemented STAY interviews and visits with his new employees at 30, 60, 90 days post start date. Larry is very invested in the success of KHC. He has lived in this community for a long time and cares about everyone. He will not hesitate to go out of his way to help someone with a meal, go pick up groceries for someone, or make sure they have transportation. This kind of concern for the community is inspiring and admirable and I hope we can advocate for our patients like he does,” stated his nomination.

Other employees nominated in December were Heather Davis, A Zanoni, Amanda Phillips, Shelby Feagins, Nancy Greiner, and Kristina Morgan.

The employees at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics are Committed to You. Through the organizational mission, vision, and values they perform exceptional work with quality and compassion. The KHC Hero is chosen monthly based upon the employee’s adherence to the values of service, passion, integrity, reliability, innovation, and team work. The employees at KHC are not only committed to their patients, they are committed to the values of the organization and the community as a whole.

The KHC Hero of the Month is chosen by their peers for following the Standards of Behavior which are: Appearance, Attitude, Respect, Communication, and Ownership/Accountability.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion.  For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418 or visit