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CCMH Recognizes Employees for Years of Service, Special Awards

June 04, 2024

From left, Victor Ray was awarded the honor of Carroll County Memorial Hospital’s Employee of the Year by Carroll County Memorial Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Thoreson at a recent awards ceremony.

CARROLLTON, Mo. – Carroll County Memorial Hospital honored employees with a special event, highlighting memorable moments throughout 2023 and into 2024.

Shelby Pierson, Victor Ray, Alana Wilson and Kelsey Lyon were each selected as Employees of the Quarter over the course of fiscal year 2022-2023.

After an all-staff vote, Victor Ray was named CCMH Employee of the Year during the awards ceremony.

Comments from Ray’s Employee of the Quarter nomination included: “Victor demonstrates commitment to mission/vision/values after going above and beyond in all three categories. Victor is tireless and diligent in tackling facility projects that allow us to provide the highest quality of care to our patients. His timeliness, attention to detail and follow-thru are fantastic. Victor has navigated multiple vendors, workplace safety and logistical challenges to coordinate the new lab analyzer install, admin area HVAC replacement, plan a pharmacy HVAC upgrade and rehabilitation carpet install simultaneously. It took an incredible amount of planning, organizing and commitment. All went well with minimal disruption to patient care.”

Ray joined the CCMH team in March 2016 and currently serves as the Maintenance Supervisor.

“Victor’s commitment to CCMH has been proven time and time again with his leadership skills and his ability to inspire his team to perform at their best,” said Marty Rucker, CCMH Director of Plant Operations. “He always goes above and beyond with CCMH’s core values in everything he does. I have trusted him with the maintenance department, and he has not proven me wrong.”

From July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024, CCMH is proud to have one employee, Cindy Kipping, reach a milestone of 35 years of dedication to the organization.

“Congratulations on your 35th anniversary; three decades and still going strong,” said Alana Wilson, CCMH Director of Patient Accounts. “Your hard work and dedication have contributed to the success of this organization over the years! From working at Dr. Ross’s Clinic, to being a PAR Manager and now Medical Billing Specialist, you are a jack of all trades, and I am so glad I get to call you not only my co-worker, but friend. Your loyalty and hard work sets an example for everyone in our organization. Thank you, Cindy, for being an exceptional employee; I wish you nothing but continued success in all you do.”

CCMH honored Lorna Wright for 30 years of service and Sherry McCoy for 25 years of service to the organization.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Lorna Wright for many years,” said Jean Steele, CCMH Director of Jefferson Medical Group. “Lorna is always willing to help with whatever needs to be done. She keeps her cool in every situation and never seems to be overwhelmed or stressed out. She also is the person most likely to find the lighter side and humor and keep everyone entertained. Thank you for your 30 years of service.”

“Sherry is known throughout the hospital and the community for her enormous heart and sparkling personality,” said Nicole Billups, CCMH Director of Wound Care Services. “We are extremely lucky to have Sherry as part of our wound care team. You couldn’t ask for a better cheerleader for the hospital as a whole. She is knowledgeable in her role and is always seeking opportunities to learn and do more. She exceeds expectations every day with her kind and compassionate heart. One thing you cannot teach is compassion, and that is something that Sherry definitely does not lack. She is dependable and organized and definitely keeps us on our toes. We are lucky to have her. Thank you for choosing to serve 25 years at CCMH!”

CCMH also honored Dona Wright and Mady Grider for 20 years of service to the organization.

“Dona is a valued asset for the Emergency Department’s night shift,” said Deborah Smith, CCMH Director of Emergency Services. “As an LPN, she is able to provide great clinical care to patients and support the facility by utilizing her knowledge in registration duties. Dona has dedicated 20 years to CCMH and I hope she continues to be a part of our family for many more.”

“Mady is a wonderful therapist. She has worked with patients for 20 years, improving the quality of life for so many members of our community,” said Blake Riley, CCMH Chief Operating Officer. “Recently, Mady stepped in to the Director role and is doing very well. Mady supports and leads her staff to ensure they have the resources they need to provide top notch patient care. Mady, thank you for 20 years of service to CCMH and our community.”

Three employees – Brad Lyon, Grayson O’Dell and Stephanie Riddell – were honored for 15 years of service with CCMH. Seven employees celebrated 10 years and those individuals were Lora Hughes, Kristen Butterfield, Toni Hall, Holland Benefiel, Tanya Land, Marsha Carter and Talanna Rushmore.

Nine employees were recognized for five years of service to CCMH, and they were Amy Colliver, Karlie Reynolds, Clari Bahr, Joyce Houston, Jonna Rechterman, Alexis Lampman, Laura Grossman, Ryan Fehling and Maggie Heil.

Carson Pyle was also recognized as the 2023 Great Catch of the Year. The Great Catch program was implemented in 2019 with the purpose of recognizing an event that could have been harmful to a patient, but was prevented.

“This gives us an opportunity to recognize staff members for going above and beyond when caring for our patients,” said Megan Griffin, CCMH Safety and Risk Coordinator. “Our staff are quick on their toes and recognize potential harmful situations before they even happen. I am proud of the safety measures our staff instinctively put forth to make our patients not only safe, but have a great experience at CCMH.”

In 2023, the following individuals were recognized for good catches ranging from missing cords to wholesaler errors to home issues with no-show patients to subtle signs of stroke: Paige Thomas, Carson Pyle, Tyler Kempf, Madison Ford, Kendall Finley, Nicole Collette, Charley Whitworth, Kelly Terrell, Dr. Andy Horine, Jonna Rechterman, Heidi Leimkuehler, Staci Wood, Clari Bahr, and Jennifer Hostetter.

New to the awards ceremony this year was recognizing employees for outstanding accomplishments. Tanya Land was recognized for completing all her cybersecurity training on time with the highest score and for recognizing potential malicious “test” emails. Laura Grossman was honored for the best attendance. Over the last year, Laura has never missed a single shift she has been scheduled for. Actually, she’s never missed one in the five years she’s been at CCMH. Megan Griffin was recognized for the most volunteer hours. Each year, employees are asked to record their volunteer hours while representing CCMH. Deborah Smith was awarded the budget cruncher award for her budgeting skills and coming in under budget with her department.

For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, visit our website or call 660-542-1695.

Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), the area’s premier healthcare resource, is a 25-bed Critical Access facility serving Carrollton and the surrounding communities. It offers 24-hour emergency care, specialized services such as advanced diagnostics, post-acute skilled care (swing bed) and comprehensive family care. CCMH is dedicated to the Health and Well Being of All We Serve. For more information, visit