A WhidbeyHealth Hero is someone who helps to shape and define the patient and employee experience at WhidbeyHealth. It's an intentional contributor; an exceptional healthcare professional – be it in a clinical, support services, or administrative role - dedicated to making sure we deliver exceptional care to every patient.
Each of us may have a different definition of what makes someone a “hero,” but we can agree that it is a person who is admired or idealized for their qualities and achievements.
Starting in March 2020, we've been recognizing a hero every week and without further ado we are excited to introduce and recognize this months WhidbeyHealth Heroes!
Nominations are open for our next WhidbeyHealth Heroes.
“Helen exemplifies what it means to be a patient advocate, team player, leader and active participant seeking ways to improve workflows and patient outcomes.
Helen greets everyone with a gentile smile and a positive attitude, and if there is a song that reflects the current interaction she will sing that tune! She is flexible to meet the needs of not only her patients but her co-workers as well. She willingly floats to the Emergency Room when needed without even batting an eye, and when things normalize in the Emergency Room she will float back to M/S and take a patient assignment; never skipping a beat. She understands the importance of nursing having a voice and is an active member of the staffing committee.
As a charge nurse she actively educates and shares her knowledge to assist others in their practice. She balances the needs of our patient, staffing, and hospital well. Many occasion she has been witnessed and by myself as well, softly singing to patients a gift that is from the heart and so welcomed by many of our patients. You can count on Helen to share a joke, admittedly some go right over my head, but still enjoyed by all.
Thank you Helen for the selfless gift you give of your kindles and generosity!”
“Mary Hunter has been a nominee for the WhidbeyHealth Hero since we started this awesome recognition. Mary is a caring, compassionate, and helpful nurse. She goes out of her way to make sure everyone has what they need and are on track. If anyone is behind or needs help she does her best to be there to support in any way possible.
Mary inspires me to be better, work harder and to be more positive. She always has a smile on her face and an upbeat attitude, spreading encouragement and thanking everyone for working so hard. She always has a word of encouragement and a smile.
If there is one person I want to be more like, it’s Mary Hunter. She makes WhidbeyHealth a better place and we are lucky to have her!”
“It is common knowledge that Jay is exceptional. He consistently does more than is expected, he always has a calm demeanor and never gets frustrated or upset. He can handle most stressful situations with grace and integrity.
Anyone who knows Jay can attest to his grace under pressure attitude. He always has a smile on his face and as his employee I always feel comfortable asking for advice or direction.
He is an exceptional WhidbeyHealth employee and deserves proper recognition.”
“Dr. McSorley is a Superwoman of Women’s Care and Labor and Delivery. She is always a preferred provider with patients. Not only does she provide exceptional care to ALL patients but she is sought out by her peers for her expertise in OB/GYN issues for recommendations that would have a positive outcome.
Dr. McSorley is a great listener and takes all the time is needed with each patient. Comments I hear over and over from patients is that they feel “heard and taken care of” and never feel their visit is ever rushed. Dr. McSorley joined the team in December when she had the opportunity to go anywhere for her employment. Her compassion and drive to make a difference not only at WhidbeyHealth but in the community that she and her family call “home.”
Not only is she taking care of patients on a daily basis, but she has committed herself in a Leadership role as Medical Director for Women’s Care and is making positive changes to assure best practice are being upheld and followed. Dr. McSorley is constantly researching on education that would benefit the clinical team to assure they feel supported. Holds “in-service” education during her lunch time.
Her commitment and dedication to her profession benefits WhidbeyHealth and the Whidbey Island Community.”
Here's a complete list of the WhidbeyHealth team members who have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the delivery of an exceptional healthcare experience.
Admin asst.; Nursing
Sterile processing; Surgical Services
Manager; Home Health & Hospice Care
Radiologic Technologist; Diagnostic Imaging
Trauma coordinator; ED)
RN; women’s care
Lead Patient Registrar; Specialty Clinics
Eufemia Femi Smith
CNA; Nursing/Medical Surgical Unit
Medical Scribe; Surgical Services
Chief Nursing Officer
Manager, Inpatient Services
Systems Administrator; IT
Executive Director; Facilities & Plant Engineering
Manager; Purchasing/Materials Management
Director; Practice Management
Support Analyst; IT
Cook & Nutrition Assistant; Food & Nutrition Services
Operations Supervisor; Clinics
Nurse Anesthetist; Anesthesiology
Dietary Aide & Nutrition Assistant; Food & Nutrition Services
Patient Registrar; Sleep Care Clinic
Manager, WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace
Nurse Practitioner; Palliative Care
Maintenance Tech; Facilities & Plant Ops
Manager; Emergency Department
CNA; Inpatient Services
Telecom Engineer; IT
Manager, Patient Access
Mina Yousef, MD
Hospitalist, Inpatient Services
Manager, Inpatient Nursing
As the second largest employer on Whidbey, there are over 700 dedicated members on our team who bring a 'can do' attitude to their role every day.
From front line clinical staff to housekeeping, engineering, supply management, techs, coordinators and receptionists, their tireless and sometimes heroic efforts often goes unnoticed.
Has someone gone above and beyond to ensure your needs are met? Is a friend or neighbor part of the WhidbeyHealth team, showing up everyday to make sure the hospital and clinics run smoothly?
Please help us recognize their extraordinary efforts. Nominations from patients, visitors, community members and staff are welcome.
Thank you for taking the time to submit a WhidbeyHealth Hero nomination!