Ennis Regional Medical Center emergency room nurse, Jared Ray, has been recognized by the health care facility’s parent company, LifePoint Hospitals.

On Friday, Ray thought a called meeting in the hospital’s lobby was to recognize some other personnel, includ ing medical staff coordinator Carmen Nelson, whom he had nominated for the same honor.

To his surprise, Ray was the one who was presented the LifePoint Hospitals 2010 Mercy Award by Ennis Regional Medical Center CEO David Anderson. A bigger surprise was when he realized his family came around the corner to greet him and be a part of the celebration. On hand for the event were his father and mother-in-law, Roger and Linda Tarvin of Corsicana; his wife, Brandy, who is also a nurse at Ennis Regional; and daughters Ashley, who is a bone marrow transplant nurse in Methodist Hospital of San Antonio, and Samantha. A son, Cody, was unable to attend. 

The Mercy Award recognizes an employee who best exemplifies the spirit and values upon which the company was founded. Named after Scott Mercy, founding chairman and first CEO, the Mercy Award is the highest honor a LifePoint Hospitals employee can receive.

The award cites one who “goes beyond the call of duty in serving patients and community; demonstrates a level of commitment and caring that transcends the everyday respect others in everything they do and inspire others with compassion, dedication and a merciful spirit.”

Brad Mabry, business development director for Ennis Regional Medical Center, commended Ray and the other 14 Mercy Award nominees.

“Everyone of these employees is great,” Mabry said. “I could take any of them and start any kind of company because they are good at most anything they do. They have a good work ethic and positive attitude.”

Other nominees included Shirley Ashley, Vicki Wright, Justin Montelongo, Marie Erfort, Lisa Williams, Monique Bustamante, David Lewis, Lisa Beck, Carol Kelly, Paula Lasos, LaDonna Anderson, Brandy Robertson and Carmen Nelson.

Ray’s peers praised him for his hard work and dedication. One cited him for remaining on a Friday to provide his expertise in securing the airway of a child who had been seriously injured after being kicked in the face by a horse.

“Jared is not only one of the most highly skilled medics, he is also one of the hardest working,” another co-worker wrote. “He has never turned down any task and is always available to help anywhere in the hospital.”

Ray returned the compliment to the ERMC staff, saying “team effort” is their earmark.

“I worked in a large hospital in an urban area, where I had never even met the hospital CEO,” he said. “But here, we are all on a first-name basis. I would have no reservations about asking our CEO or David Lewis, who is our ICU coordinator and interim med/surg and ER director, to help me with any task,” he said.

Lewis commended Ray in his remarks.

“When we relocated here, I knew we were going to really need some help – and having already known Jared, I knew his work ethic and knew that he would not only be committed to the hospital, but to the community as well,” Lewis said. “He’s just the kind of guy you want working with you.”

Ray, a native of the south Texas town of Uvalde, has lived with his family near Blooming Grove in Navarro County for the past 20 years. Receiving his training in South Texas, Ray worked with an ambulance service in Corsicana for 13 years and served in the ER at Charlton Methodist for about four years before hiring on with ERMC.

He said he feels like he has found a permanent home in Ennis.

“We love it here and I plan to retire right here,” he said.

Ray will travel to Nashville, Tenn., in September, when the overall winner for the corporation will be announced.

For further information about Ennis Regional Medical Center, visit the website at www.ennisregional.com.

Contact Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com or 469-517-1450.