Puffed up with pride

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Electronic Communications Manager

Dr. Philip Hess and Martha Gilbert, RN, with HPCCR CEO Pete Brunnick at the Charlotte Business Journal awards luncheon

We just might be getting a little too big for our britches here at Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.  But who can blame  us?  It’s not our fault that we are bursting at the seams with staff members who are continually awarded for excellence.  Hey, we just know how to pick ’em!

Last year, if you’ll remember, Marilyn Morenz (Director of Community Education) and Sharon Moore (Senior Director of Clinical Services) were both honored with prestigious awards.  (I won’t go into details because that’s what that cute little link is for.  Click on it and you can be reminded of why they were recognized.)  Also, earlier this  year, we were extremely proud that our very own Jill Martino was awarded the Hospice Social Worker of the Year for 2012.

Well, apparently we have two more rock stars in our midst, according to the Charlotte Business Journal.  Two weeks ago at the Charlotte Business Journal Excellence in Health Care Awards luncheon, Martha Gilbert, RN, was recognized as Nurse of the Year and Dr. Philip Hess was recognized as Physician of the Year.

Martha Gilbert is a true advocate who has literally cared for generations (yes, that’s right–generations) of patients; multiple individuals within the same family have benefited from her compassionate expertise.  She has been in the same role, on the same homecare team since she started her career with us.  (Talk about loyalty!)  Years of experience have honed her skills, allowing Martha to consistently meet her hospice patients and families at whatever point they are in their final journey.  She’s a steadfast role model and a mentor to many HPCCR staff members.

Dr. Philip Hess was selected for both his impact on the Charlotte community and his kindness with his patients and fellow staff members.  Dr. Hess had a long and successful career in cardiology, becoming one of the first physicians in the region to successfully perform heart transplants.  That’s kind of a huge accomplishment, if you ask me.  And then in January 2008, he came out of retirement to join Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region as a full-time hospice physician.  With HPCCR, Dr. Hess works tirelessly to alleviate pain and symptoms for his patients.  He handles complex situations with calm assurance, and is an expert at guiding his patients and families through the process of making challenging decisions.

So yes, our britches are feeling a bit tight these days.  And we’re okay with that.  It’s probably because we’re so puffed up with pride.  I mean, wouldn’t you be, if you worked for an organization with such excellent staff members?  And let me tell you, every single person here is just as dedicated, compassionate, and outstanding as those who have won awards.  If things proceed on the current path — if the recognition continues — we’re definitely going to need some new britches.

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One Comment on “Puffed up with pride”

  1. Mike Says:

    Martha Gilbert is a Saint in my book. She helped me and my family when my father was terminal…Thank you Martha, I will never forget you.


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