Artists of the Month - August 2014

Katie King, Lab Assistant, and Rusty Ware, Medical Lab Technician, were recently chosen as co-recipients of the Artist of the Month Award. 

Sponsoring the development of the assembly line technique of mass production, Henry Ford manufactured the first affordable automobile for middle class Americans. He said “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Meeting the needs of Braxton County Memorial Hospital patients is rarely an individual accomplishment. Diagnostic testing, performed by ancillary personnel, help clinical staff provide the exemplary healthcare received by patients. By working together, patients successfully achieve and maintain good health. Occasionally, there are those who reach beyond their daily routine to assist their coworkers in this endeavor. Katie and Rusty are two such individuals who have been recognized for traveling to the homes of patients to obtain blood draws for medication monitoring. Their nominator wrote, “We have several homebound patients who require weekly and twice-weekly blood draws. There have been times when I have been unable to obtain the necessary blood specimens. Katie and Rusty will go to our patients’ homes and draw their blood. Without their assistance, we would be unable to safely administer the medications needed by our patients.” Grateful appreciation is extended to Katie and Rusty for their willingness to work together with nursing staff for the benefit of all BCMH patients!

Katie and her husband, Randy, have been married for 30 years. Their son, Aaron, is a Chemistry / Lab Analyzer and Leanna is a Certified Medical Assistant and married to James Butler. Katie says, “I have always felt blessed to be a part of the BCMH team and am always willing to help where I am needed. The patients we serve are a blessing to help. Thank you to all my fellow coworkers for your encouragement. May God bless each of you.”

Rusty joined the BCMH family in May 1992 and has always worked the midnight shift. He and his wife of 34 years, Lisa, have two children, Andrea and Michael, and a Jack Russell Mountain Feist named Thor. Rusty serves as president of the Christian Motorcycle Association - Flatwoods Chapter. As an American Council of Exercise Certified Personal Trainer, he instructs toning classes and has conducted CPR classes for 15 years. He also enjoys playing the guitar.