2018-03-07 / Families & Friends

Local nurse wins ARH honor


Whitesburg ARH Licensed Practical Nurse Andrew Fugate (second from left) was named the 2017 CARES Award Winner. Fugate received a plaque from Dena Sparkman, Whitesburg ARH Community CEO. Also in the photo are Christopher Johnson and Sonya Bergman, ARH Human Resources. Whitesburg ARH Licensed Practical Nurse Andrew Fugate (second from left) was named the 2017 CARES Award Winner. Fugate received a plaque from Dena Sparkman, Whitesburg ARH Community CEO. Also in the photo are Christopher Johnson and Sonya Bergman, ARH Human Resources. Andrew Fugate, who has three years of service with Appalachian Regional Healthcare as a licensed practical nurse, is one of 13 employees ARH recently honored from across its Kentucky and West Virginia system.

ARH said Fugate was honored because of his proven dedication and commitment to exceeding the ARH CARES Standards (Communication, Attentive, Respectful, Environment and Special) at Whitesburg ARH Hospital.

Fugate is described by ARH as having a deep compassion for his patients and their families, and providing quality nursing care with a personal touch. Fugate also is taking classes to complete a registered nurse program while working full time at Whitesburg ARH. He also is a volunteer fireman in his community.

“Andrew comes to work each day with one goal in mind and that is to be kind and provide excellent care to each patient,” shared Joyce Griffith, Whitesburg ARH Community Chief Nursing Officer. “I admire Andrew. He makes me want to be a better human being. ”

During the awards ceremony held in Lexington recently, Fugate and the other CARES winners received a plaque in recognition of their achievement.

“These employees have been recognized as going above and beyond to care for our patients, the communities we serve and their coworkers,” ARH President and CEO Joe Grossman said. “We are very proud of each of our CARES winners and sincerely appreciate their dedication to a health system that means so much to our communities.”

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