Artist of the Month - July 2014
Rhonda Williams, Registered Medical Assistant, was recently selected as Braxton County Memorial Hospital’s Artist of the Month.
Tragedy is defined as ‘an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe’. While many find it easy to sympathize with those experiencing a tragic situation, there are only a few willing to go ‘above and beyond’ to help. Rhonda represents one of the few. Small in stature at 4 feet, 9½ inches (having lost ½ inch in recent years) her kindness and compassion are immeasurable. Good naturedly referred to as ‘Little Rhonda’ by her friends and coworkers, her recent actions to assist a patient suffering from a tragic house fire were far from ‘little’.
As with any house fire, there is the potential for great loss. Obvious needs include shelter, food, clothing, personal care items, etc. In addition to these basic necessities, this patient lost all his prescription medications in the fire. Replacing these medications was proving to be difficult as well as quite costly. Aware of the situation, Rhonda began researching options, diligently calling multiple individuals and pharmacies in her quest to help her patient. Unwavering in her efforts, she was finally able to have six prescription medications replaced at a fraction of the original cost. Rhonda’s willingness to help ultimately saved the patient several hundred dollars during a time when the essentials of life, including medications, were needed.
Community Health Center Clinic Coordinator, Cathy Stricker, LPN, says, “Rhonda treats all her patients with this same caring compassion. She goes ‘above and beyond’ for anyone who needs help. She is hardworking and always willing to help anywhere, even if it means learning something new.” Having only recently joined the CHC family Shelley Taylor, LPN, states, “Rhonda has been so helpful and friendly, making me feel very welcome.” Rhonda’s ability to sympathize is commendable, yet her willingness to provide aid to those suffering a tragedy is greatly appreciated at Braxton County Memorial Hospital.
Rhonda joined the BCMH family in December 1996. She and her husband of 26 years, Jimmy, have a 23-year old son, Chris, and a cat named Fonzie. Her hobbies include skiing, deer hunting and fishing. She says, “I have a passion for photography, but most of all, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.”