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LewisGale announces employees of the month

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LewisGale Pulaski announced its employees of the month for October and November, a senior construction mechanic and a palliative care nurse.

Employees are chosen for the honor based on criteria such as individual achievement, contribution and performance in their jobs and other related duties above and beyond their job descriptions, exercising initiative in leadership in getting work done for the good of the organization and acting with compassion and integrity.

Roger Leonard, the mechanic, won for October. “In addition to the excellent construction work Robert does, he is also very customer oriented,” said Barry Lane, director of Engineering. “He will go out of his way to help when and where ever he can.”

Michele Keesling, R.N., the palliative care nurse and nurse navigator, won for November. “I believe God places people in an organization for a purpose,” said LewisGale Regional Cancer Center Director Marsha Myers. “I have been touched by the compassion and level of excellence displayed by Michele. She sets the bar for all of us who work in healthcare by making a difference in patients’ lives.”

Keesling, who is also ordained minister of Turkey Knob Church in Fries, said of receiving the award, “It was a surprise. It’s all blind nominations. And honest and truly, I said from the beginning it should have been a team award because we all work together. I can’t do it without my team.”

“Our hospital is blessed to have so many exceptional employees,” said Mark Nichols, CEO of LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski. “For our patients it means they always receive high-quality, compassionate care.”