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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - Memorial Hospital Honors Outstanding Employees with Rosie Thompson Award

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital recently bestowed its highest employee honor, the Rosie Thompson Service Excellence Employee of the Year Award, to Raymond Laughlin, a security officer at the hospital.

Laughlin was recognized for his always calm and compassionate demeanor, his constant willingness to help everyone in need, his always dignified and respectful treatment of fellow hospital employees and patients and for his willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty.

“This honor is well-deserved,” said David Franklin, director of security at Memorial.  “Officer Laughlin is a beloved employee for his work ethic and positive attitude.  I am happy that he is being acknowledged for his commitment to service excellence.”

Laughlin was among the recipients of the bimonthly Rosie Thompson Award presented in 2009. In addition to hospital and community recognition, Laughlin also received prizes including $1,000 cash.

Along with Laughlin, last year’s bimonthly Rosie Thompson Award winners were Kimberly Freese, RN, a nurse from the Emergency department; Stephanie Guillory, RN, a nurse from Psychiatric Health; and Richard Roe, RN, a nurse from the Skilled Nursing Facility. For their commitment to service excellence, they also received recognition and prizes.

“On behalf of our entire hospital family, I would like to thank Raymond Laughlin and all of our Rosie Thompson Award-winning employees for the commitment and special gifts they bring to the daily delivery of care,” said Larry Graham, CEO of Memorial Hospital.  “We are grateful for their professionalism and dedication.”

The award’s namesake, Rosie Thompson, was a surgical aid at Memorial Hospital from 1963 to 1983.  She made a lasting impression on her patients and coworkers because of her friendly, compassionate demeanor and her ability to put people at ease in times of anxiety.  In her honor, Memorial recognizes employees who surpass expectations through their innovation, caring attitudes, teamwork and positivity, setting a high standard of service excellence at the hospital. 

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