For demonstrating compassion and unwavering commitment to helping others, Western Plains Medical Complex announced recently that Maria Cortez has been recognized as the hospital’s 2019 Mercy Award winner.

According to a press release, the Mercy Award is an annual recognition program that recognizes one employee from each LifePoint Health’s hospitals who "best represents the spirit and values of the company."

Established in 2001, the Mercy Award is the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive and was named in honor of the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer.

"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 on and off the job," said WPMC CEO Scott Smith. "We are extremely proud to recognize Maria for her efforts on behalf of our patients and our community.

"She goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person she encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion."

Cortez is also an active member of the Western Plains Crisis Team, often working outside her regular hours to help members of the community in need and is involved in many volunteer community efforts.

"Cortez recently went so far above and beyond in helping a family in an extremely heart-wrenching situation," said WPMC marketing and public relations director Danielle Stroud. "It isn’t just this one situation that makes Maria such a deserving award winner; she is both humble and passionate when it comes to helping others.

"She unselfishly dedicates her time to caring for people both inside the hospital and throughout the community, never asking for praise or recognition."

Cortez will be considered for LifePoint’s 2019 company-wide Mercy Award that will be announced this summer at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

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