Artist of the Month - March 2014


Brenda Cottrell, Certified Nursing Assistant, was chosen as Artist of the Month for March 2014.  

Brenda became a member of the Braxton County Memorial Hospital family in December 2009, and in less than five years, has been the recipient of this award twice before. In looking back, a common theme emerges, distinguishing Brenda as an individual fulfilling her mission in life. Three years ago, she was described as an ‘angel’, having stayed with a patient in the Emergency Department during her final moments on this earth. The patient’s family was unable to be with her, so Brenda provided comfort as she passed from this life to the next. Nearly two years later, she was recognized for her efforts in coordinating a project which allowed coworkers and patients’ families to post prayer requests in the Chapel. She acknowledged God speaking to her heart regarding this idea. Brenda’s recent nomination reiterates the fact that she is faithfully serving a purpose. This time she was described as being ‘helpful and willing to go beyond her usual duties’ by assisting Radiology Staff with an outpatient from a nursing home in need of personal care. Brenda’s nominators wrote, “She volunteered to help us out and made sure we had everything we needed to make the patient comfortable. Another day, she was able to keep a toddler calm and occupied while the toddler’s guardian was having x-rays. These are just a few examples of her assistance to us.”  

Following the presentation of this award, Brenda humbly said, “Before coming to BCMH, I worked at Glenville Care & Rehabilitation Center for 21 years. I began to feel that I needed to be somewhere else. I came to BCMH because I like learning new things and making a difference in someone’s life. A small hospital close to home makes our patients and their families more comfortable with their care. It’s always nice when they see us out of the hospital setting; and remembering us from Med Surg, we get a hug.” BCMH is grateful for Brenda answering her calling and continuing to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Brenda and her husband of 38 years, Troy, reside at Shock and have two children and four grandchildren. Their daughter, Shannon, is married to Curtis Wood and they have two daughters, Sierra and Hannah. Their son, Troy Jr., has two children, Nicholas and Kloe-Ann. Brenda is a member of the Rosedale Baptist Church. She enjoys reading, cooking, sewing and traveling to Amish country.  In the summer, she and Troy like to search out different things to add to their primitive collections.

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