KNOXVILLE – Congratulations to Lynda DeBold, Activity Coordinator, for being selected the KHC Hero of the Month.

“Lynda has been the Activity Coordinator for a little over a year at KHC.  She works part time and has an office on the Med/Surg. Floor where she coordinates activities for our acute and skilled patients.  She organizes pet therapy, craft projects, entertainment, reading materials and other things to keep our patients active and interested and stimulated.  Lynda does all of this with a bubbly enthusiastic personality.  She has stated many times that she does not feel like she is coming to work – she absolutely loves what she does and why she is doing it – for the patients!  Lynda has really gone out of her way at the holidays to make sure the patients have a special memory since they were not able to be at home on the holiday.  On Mother’s Day and Father’s Day she had special gifts prepared for the patients – she works with a very small budget and with the community and is very creative to have these gifts available. This past Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons were really special.  Lynda went above and beyond to have carolers, guitar players, decorations, pet therapy and more for our patients.  It was awesome to see the patients and staff smile because of her enthusiastic and passionate care of our patients.  You can’t help but smile and feel good when Lynda is around! Lynda is certified in her position and must recertify with continuing education yearly.  She took the initiative to apply for a grant to fund her recertification – and received this grant.  She has made contact/friends with other activity coordinators in the area and they share ideas to enhance their programs.  Lynda is a great asset to KHC,” stated her nomination.

Other employees nominated in January were Barb Anderson, Kyley Swayne, Tara Branson, Amanda Kingrey, and Lindsay Wilson.

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 www.knoxvillehospital.org.