LifePoint Hospitals Names 2013 Mercy Award Winner
October 8, 2013
Versailles, Kentucky – Bluegrass Community Hospital’s Tammy Marcum received the LifePoint Hospitals® 2013 Mercy Award for starting Haley’s Angels, a program that provides extraordinary support to parents who have lost their newborn babies. LifePoint, of which Bluegrass Community Hospital is a part, is a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. The Mercy Award is the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive. It’s given annually to one of nearly 29,000 employees who has profoundly touched the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the Company was founded.
“The Mercy Award is the most important honor we recognize at LifePoint. It represents our culture and our mission of Making Communities Healthier, and it honors people, like Tammy, who go above and beyond to serve others,” said William F. Carpenter III, LifePoint’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are very proud to honor Tammy for all she does inside and outside Bluegrass Community Hospital and are touched by what she has created with Haley’s Angels.”
Marcum created Haley’s Angels in memory of her daughter Haley, who was stillborn. In the wake of her loss, she recognized a need for other grieving families to have a lasting memory of the child they loved and lost.
Haley’s Angels provides personally decorated memory boxes containing two outfits, both made by Marcum, with matching bonnets, booties and a blanket. One outfit is for the parents to keep, and the other can be used for burial. The box also contains a small angel bear, a clay baby angel, a sympathy card, matching mommy and baby bracelets, and a candle. The boxes are distributed to several Kentucky hospitals at no charge.
One memory box recipient wrote, “I just lost my son on Sunday, my husband’s birthday. It crushed our family, but the little box they brought me in the hospital room with his tiny clothes brightened my whole day. It made me feel like I wasn’t the only one in pain.” Another said, “After gathering my courage, I opened my little boy’s keepsake box. He was buried in the beautiful ensemble you created. I believe this may be a part of my healing.”
Bluegrass CEO Tommy Haggard said, “Occasionally, someone will take a horrible situation that life has unfairly dealt them and create an opportunity of hope, comfort and courage. This was the legacy Scott Mercy left and one that Tammy Marcum has embraced.”
Marcum was honored with the annual award — established in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding Chairman and CEO — at a company-wide ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., August 28.