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PHW Employees and Volunteer Earn Awards

Employees and Volunteer Earn Awards

Pictured (from left) are Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources; Lynzie Henry, winner of the Patient Safety Star Award; Lucy Sanders, winner of the Living the Mission Award-Non-Clinical; Geertje DeJong winner of the Living the Mission Award-Clinical; and Carol Horn, winner of the Helping Hands Award.

WINNSBORO, Texas – Three employees and one volunteer at Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro (PHW) were recently honored for living the hospital and system’s mission: to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve. Doug Hawthorne, chief executive officer of PHW’s parent system, Texas Health Resources, presented the awards.

Lynzie Henry, R.N., surgery, received the Employee Patient Safety Star, which is awarded to a clinical or non-clinical employee who demonstrates one or more characteristics including taking personal responsibility for improving patient safety; demonstrating leadership through effective communication to patients, co-workers and medical staff about patient safety; and attentiveness to patient safety through focus on the environment and with consistent behavior. Henry was instrumental in the implementation of patient safety processes that involve surgical patients. She also developed training sessions for her staff and serves as an active patient advocate. Henry was awarded the “Living the Mission” award for clinical/patient care in 2006.

Lucy Sanders, patient access manager, was the recipient of the Living the Mission (LTM) award in the non-clinical category. This award is presented to an employee in a non-patient-care environment who shows a commitment to quality and service, inspires co-workers and demonstrates care, compassion and concern for others. In her seven months with the hospital, Sanders has worked diligently at building relationships with those she works with. She is committed to providing excellent customer service by holding her staff accountable for their actions when dealing with PHW’s customers. Additionally, Sanders exhibits compassion for the hospital’s patients and their individual circumstances.

Geertjie DeJong, charge nurse, was chosen for the LTM award for clinical/patient care. This award is presented to an employee in a direct clinical/patient care environment who shows a commitment to patient care, quality and service, inspires co-workers and demonstrates compassion and concern. DeJong is described as conscientious to patient needs and promoting team collaboration. She is known to go above and beyond to make sure shifts are covered and that staff feels comfortable with processes and patient care assignments.

Carol Horn, a volunteer at PHW, received the LTM Helping Hands award, which is presented to a volunteer who shows a commitment to the highest levels of quality and service and inspires others to do so as well. Horn volunteers at PHW on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon. In her six years working as a volunteer, she has accumulated over 1,100 hours of service. She mentors a PHW junior volunteer and serves the community in a variety of ways. Her bright and cheerful attitude are said to be contagious and she gladly works anywhere she is assigned.

“We are proud of the quality of service our employees and volunteers provide our patients,” said Mike Sinclair, administrator of PHW. “These four award recipients truly exemplify through their day-to-day actions what it means to ‘live our mission.’”

About Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro
Guided by its mission of improving the health of the people in the communities we serve, Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro is a 50-bed facility offering a wide range of services including general surgery, outpatient services, a 24-hour emergency department and a wound care center with hyperbaric unit. The hospital is a member of Texas Health Resources. For more information about the hospital and its services, call 1-800-4-Presby or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit

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