For a non-doctor, Randy Peters, owner of Longview’s Peters’ Chevrolet, is a great contributor to public health.
His yearly reward to Longview Regional Medical Center’s (LRMC) standout employee is an American dream.
“Exceptional healthcare is vital to every community,” he said. “We are proud to partner with Longview Regional to reward a deserving employee.”
Lyndsey Ratliff and Patti Harris are respiratory therapists at the hospital. Although Ratliff hoped to go home with the new car, she did not hold out much hope in a hospital so full of expert, deserving staff. Harris is not only competent, but unselfish and very caring of others. She hoped somebody else would be selected–someone less well-off than her.
They are two of the many LRMC staff members who made a favorable impression on Peters when he was a patient there. He was so pleased with his treatment he decided to give back to those who took such great care of him.
“Giving a car is very exciting,” he said. “I had injuries that brought me to LRMC. The injuries were not pleasant, but the stay was very pleasant.”
Peters’ mother was also a very satisfied LRMC customer. His 125 employees gravitate toward the hospital when they need treatment.
Night Shift ICU Nurse Debra Henderson was selected first among equals when she was drawn from more than 2000 employee nomination cards. LRMC Chief Executive Officer Jim Kendrick is carried away with gratitude for the recognition Peters shows hospital employees.
“We are very grateful for Peters’ generosity. We want our employees to know that we will go over the top to promote them whichever way we can,” he said. “It is an honor for us during our 34th year celebration to take the time to not only honor our employees, but have Peters’ give away a car to a staff [member] that a patient recommended.”
Kendrick explained that the hospital has absorbed the car giveaway into the “Employee Recognition Program” in which any hospital employee is eligible to be selected, and anybody is allowed to make nominations. Patients, employees and even visitors are encouraged to point out outstanding services and performances they receive or observe.
The sparkling 2014 Chevy Cruze LS has, since January, been parked on the LRMC grounds for employees to drool over prior to its being awarded.
By Kelly Bell/ ETR