MADISON — Boone Memorial Hospital would like to recognize the recipient of the 2014 James F. Trusley Employee of the Year Award – Whitney Hager. Whitney is originally from Logan, WV but moved to Boone County in 2002. She currently resides in West Madison with her ‘loving’ husband of 11 years, Craig.
Whitney has been a nurse at BMH for 11 years. She is the Day Shift Floor Charge Nurse, Outpatient Surgical Services Triage Nurse and CPSI (Computer Programs and Systems, Inc.) Superuser.
“I am blessed beyond measure to be able to fulfill my dream of caring for people every day. I enjoy providing individualized one-on-one patient care. I love my job and what I get to do on a daily basis. I work with an amazing group of people,” said Whitney.
Whitney is a 2000 graduate of Logan High School and attained a Bachelor’s of Science (BSN) degree from West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, WV in May of 2007. Her previous job at BMH was as a Nurse Extern/Unit Clerk on the Med-Surgical floor, which she did while attending college.
Doctor Howard Lafferty explains how Whitney exemplifies that of a great nurse.
“As a physician I have had the pleasure of working with many good nurses over the years but every so often you come across a truly exceptional nurse,” he said. “Whitney Hager is one those nurses. She is a true angel at the bedside. I still believe in callings and Whitney found hers when she became a nurse.”
Whitney is certified in PALS - Pediatric Advanced Life Support, ACLS - Advanced Cardiac Life Support and CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. She was also selected to become a CPSI Superuser. CPSI, Computer Programs and Systems, Inc., has been serving the information technology needs of community healthcare providers for over 32 years. Whitney was also a previous recipient of the July 2010 Employee of the Month award.
“My current job duties as charge nurse are to oversee the overall flow of the 25 bed Medical-Surgical Unit including Acute, Skilled and Respite Care. I provide direct hands on patient care, handle nursing and CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) patient assignments and medication administration and serve as the surgical triage nurse for outpatient colonoscopy and endoscopy services with Dr. Bassam Haffar, Gastroenterologist,” she explained.
Friend and fellow co-worker Tina Akers, CNA said, “Whitney is always willing to help others and cares about all her patients. I’m honored to be able to work with her.”
When Whitney isn’t busy working at BMH she enjoys exercising, traveling, running and attending WVU football games.
“I also really like working on cars and drag racing our mustangs with my husband Craig all over the country. We currently race in NMRA (National Mustang Racers Association) and Fun Ford Weekend Events.”
Whitney is the daughter of Greg Yeager and Kathy Bailey Yeager, both of Chapmanville and the daughter-in-law of Renee and the late Tommy Hager.
Whitney was so humbled and appreciative to receive this award.
“I was truly shocked and amazed when I was announced as the 2014 Employee of the Year. It is a real honor and I will be forever grateful for this recognition.”
Tommy Mullins, CEO at Boone Memorial Hospital said the feeling is quite mutual.
“We are lucky and privileged to have a nurse with as much drive and compassion as Whitney. She is very deserving of this award.”
Whitney was honored with a designated prime parking space during the entire month of May and free lunch for the entire year. Her picture and a recognition plaque are displayed in the front lobby at BMH and she also received a plaque to display in her home.
Fellow co-workers truly value Whitney for her hard work and dedication to BMH.
Stu Haugen, Registered Nurse and Evening Shift Supervisor said, “Whitney is truly one of the most caring nurses I know. Some nurses have that gift of compassion and she displays that each and every day to her patients. She is really dedicated to BMH and to being the best nurse she can be.”
Kevin Hill, Executive Director of Medical Affairs added;
“She is a wonderful employee who always puts patient care first. She is kind and pleasant to work around and is certainly deserving of this prestigious title.”
Whitney concluded by extending her appreciation to her BMH family;
“I would like to thank Mr. Mullins and my co-workers who nominated me for this award. I’m eternally grateful.”