Artists of the Month - January 2015

Lisa Morris, Master Social Worker, was chosen as Artist of the Month for January 2015. Having joined the Braxton County Memorial Hospital family in May of last year, Lisa is still relatively new to her role as Social Worker at our local, community hospital. And since her home is located in Summersville, Lisa may have felt somewhat like a stranger working in the small, rural area of Braxton County. Considering these circumstances, it is with some amazement that Lisa has endeared herself to her fellow employees in such a short period of time. Receiving two nominations for this Employee Recognition award, from coworkers she has known for only a few months, is a wonderful testament to the dedicated and compassionate service she provides BCMH patients.  

BCMH Director of Nursing, Julia Rose, states, “As a new employee, Lisa has jumped right in and taken full responsibility for her patients. She takes extra time with them and their families to make sure all their needs are met. Even after a patient is discharged, she takes care of their needs. Lisa went above and beyond her duties for one patient in particular by following the patient’s status while in another hospital, and then coordinating swing bed care here at BCMH. She made sure the transition was easy for the patient and family. Lisa is very caring and ensures that all our patients are taken care of.” Another nominator described Lisa as being ‘friendly and helpful to our patients as well as employees’. This coworker related an incident involving a ‘very sick patient with no Advance Directives’. She remembers, “Lisa stopped what she was doing and came right away to see how she could help, including setting up Home Health for our patient who was very relieved. Lisa is never too busy to help a friend or patient in need.” 

In her role as Social Worker, Lisa interacts with individuals within the hospital as well as outside organizations. She may travel with a Home Health nurse to visit a homebound patient, help coordinate care for a swing bed patient on Med Surg recovering from surgery, or assist an outpatient with the completion of their Advance Directives. She may be asked to provide guidance to an inpatient regarding the establishment of a Living Will and/or Medical Power of Attorney, or initiate a consultation regarding nursing home placement for an elderly patient. Her efforts help relieve uncertainties associated with illness and offer peace of mind with regard to making end of life decisions. Her cheerful attitude combined with her sympathetic understanding puts patients and their families at ease while providing professional support to her coworkers.

 Lisa and her husband of nearly 20 years, ‘Coach’ Gene, have one daughter, Allison. Lisa enjoys reading, watching movies, spending time at the Summersville Lake and going to yard sales. She loves watching her husband coach baseball and football, and her daughter run track and cheerlead. She says, “I enjoy working in the medical field and have been a Social Worker since 1987. Everyone at BCMH is nice and they make me feel welcome here. I was surprised to be nominated and would like to thank everyone!” BCMH truly appreciates Lisa Morris!