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Barnes selected as Morris Hospital Fire Starter of the Month

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 8:55 a.m. CDT

When it comes to role model employees, Morris Hospital radiology assistant Ashley Barnes has all the right traits. She has a positive attitude, she’s motivated, and she’s about helping others.

Barnes simply loves her job, and it shows in everything she does. That’s why she was selected as Morris Hospital’s Fire Starter of the Month for August.

“Ashley is a great example of service excellence and how to live and breathe the standards of conduct,” said Liz Bates, director of Imaging Services at Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers. “She always puts her patients and the hospital first.”

Barnes joined the team at the hospital after a friend told her about a job opening and said Morris Hospital is one of the best places to work. As a radiology assistant, Barnes transports patients, distributes test results to physicians, and helps out wherever needed in the imaging services department.

She is a certified nursing assistant and is currently pursuing a nursing degree.

Barnes said she chose health care because she has a passion for helping people. She believes every patient should be treated like a family member. No matter what she is doing, her compassion never wanes.

Morris Hospital wellness manager Leigh Anne Hall has witnessed Barnes’s interactions with patients first hand and said she demonstrates customer service, common courtesy and great communication with every patient.

“I have witnessed many conversations that Ashley has had with patients, and she is always very upbeat and positive, definitely providing excellent care,” said Hall. “She shows compassion and is always very respectful of their needs. I can see how she really makes a difference in the lives of the patients she serves.”

Barnes said she loves working at Morris Hospital because of the patients and their unique backgrounds.

“I want patients to feel comfortable and to receive the best care I can give them,” she says. “Our patients should be treated like family. That means they deserve excellent care.”

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