Memorial Healthcare Recognizes Recipients of Annual Awards

August 19, 2020

Please join us in congratulating the winners of our annual Hospital Week awards! Memorial Healthcare thanks its’ over 1,400 talented and gifted individuals — physicians, nurses, clinical and support staff and volunteers — who continue to take health care to new heights of excellence each and every day.


  • Receiving the 2020 Nurse of the Year award was Paige Goulette, BSN, RN, Nurse Navigator at the Memorial Healthcare Institute for Neuroscience.

  • Terri LaRue-Taylor, PCT on ICU was selected as 2020 Patient Care Tech of the Year.

  • Receiving the 2019 Employee of the Year Award was Shannon Cooley, Payroll Coordinator, Finance. The Employee of the Year is selected by a vote of Memorial Healthcare employees from those individuals who were named as an Employee of the Month in the previous 12 months. Employees are nominated for upholding the mission of Memorial Healthcare – to promote health and provide quality compassionate healthcare in the community through a commitment to service excellence, teamwork and innovation.

  • Rachel Thayer, Senior Financial Analyst, Finance and Megan Smith, MSN, RN, Associate VP, Quality & Safety received the 2020 President Awards. The President Awards this year were presented to two Memorial Healthcare employees who have exhibited exceptional devotion to our patients. The recipients’ exemplify Memorial’s values and exhibit outstanding personal qualities such as compassion, innovation, integrity, and competency. Individuals receiving this award exceed expectations to better Memorial’s ability to fulfill its mission.

  • Krystal McCoy, Patient Advocate, Service Excellence, received the 2019 Bright Ideas of the Year Award.  All staff at Memorial Healthcare have a responsibility to ensure that the environment and care delivery processes are free of conditions that could potentially harm patients, visitors and staff.  The hospital’s Bright Ideas program is designed to identify any potential serious safety concern related to patient, visitor, or staff encounters. It is also designed to identify any environmental situations in which no system is currently in place or the system in place is not adequately preventing the potential for patient, visitor, or staff harm. This annual award is chosen from those individuals who were recognized as receiving a monthly award in the previous 12 months.