Western Plains Medical Complex recently announced that Robert "Bob" Schuette has been recognized as the hospital’s 2018 Mercy Award winner.

The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.

The Mercy Award is an annual recognition program established in 2002 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.

"At Western Plains, we share LifePoint’s commitment to making communities healthier, and we recognize this is supported by the good work and service of our employees both on and off the job," said Kerry Tirman, CEO of Western Plains. "We are extremely proud to recognize Bob for his efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. He goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person he encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion."

Schuette truly embodies LifePoint’s mission of Making Communities Healthier. He actively participates in several community service activities, especially when it comes to activities sponsored by Western Plains.

Every year, he walks in the annual Dodge City Days Parade and Parade of Lights; often times, he ends up well behind the float because he stops and visits with several people during the route. At the hospital, Schuette is often the first person people see when they arrive to the hospital.

Every person that he interacts with is the most important person to him. Even when his work shift is complete he can still be seen helping other employees, patients and visitors. Often times, Schuette is seen showing respect to so many patients and their families by attending funerals in the community.

When he’s not at the hospital, Schuette is active in the community and his parish. He’s a volunteer little-league baseball coach at the Dodge City YMCA and participates in the Dodge City Tournament of Champions Basketball tournament as a team host.

Schuette is very active in parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sacred Heart Cathedral Catholic School and can be seen volunteering his time for maintenance projects at both facilities.

Schuette was very instrumental in the Diocesan Vibrant Ministry Program where he had to schedule house visits with parishioners to discuss the fund raising campaign. Schuette is also active in Knights of Columbus and works with the Tootsie Roll program that benefits Special Olympics and Arrowhead West in Dodge City.

His genuine compassion, exemplary service to Western Plains and the community make him the perfect recipient for the Mercy Award.

Each hospital winner, including Schuette, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2018 company-wide Mercy Award. The company-wide winner will be announced this summer and will be honored at a special celebration in Nashville, Tenn., in August, along with all other hospital winners.