MARTINSVILLE, VA – Sovah Health in Martinsville, which is part of LifePoint Health, announced that Heather Ashe has been recognized as the hospital’s 2020 Mercy Award winner.
The annual Mercy Award program was established in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer.
It recognizes one employee from each of the healthcare facilities who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded, according to the hospital.
The Mercy Award is considered the highest honor an employee can receive.
“Every day, Heather goes above and beyond to demonstrate a level of care and compassion that we want every person who enters our facilities to experience. We are extremely proud to recognize Heather for her efforts on behalf of our patients and our community,” said Dale Alward, CEO of Sovah Health in Martinsville.
Heather serves as the director of pharmacy and has been part of the Sovah Health team for 12 years.
The hospital says she was frequently seen going above and beyond for her employees during the COVID-19 pandemic by being creative and working with the team to adjust staffing so team members would be less financially impacted, ensuring all team members could attend a colleagues granddaughter’s memorial service, and also stepped in as a pharmacist during these times so the pharmacy could still provide optimal service.
Ashe is one of more than 80 other individuals across LifePoint Health, employs more than 50,000 individuals, to receive this award.
Each hospital winner will be considered for the company-wide Mercy Award.
The company-wide winner will be announced this fall and honored during a special ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, in October, to which Heather and all hospital winners are invited to attend.