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Texas Health Kaufman Human Resources Director Receives Employee Service Award
01/15/2010

KAUFMAN, Texas — Respect. Integrity. Compassion. Excellence.

Carolyn Whitehurst embodies these values in both her work and personal life. And they’re the reason Whitehurst, director of Human Resources at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman, has been honored with the hospital’s annual Bill Mays Employee Service Award.

Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation presented the award to Whitehurst at its annual Trustee Dinner.

“Carolyn is a devoted patient advocate and touches their hearts with her compassionate approach,” said Patsy Youngs, president of Texas Health Kaufman. “I know that I can depend on Carolyn for so many things because she always wants to make our hospital the best it can be.”

Named for long-time Texas Health Dallas employee Bill Mays, the award recognizes dedicated and loyal patient service. Whitehurst is the first honoree from Texas Health Kaufman.

“The Bible talks about how to find a virtuous woman and what it means to be a virtuous woman,” said Pat Jackson, community representative for Texas Health Kaufman. “When you read it, you realize that person is Carolyn Whitehurst. She truly loves her family, her friends, the community, the hospital and all those she comes in contact with. She goes above and beyond what’s necessary in everything she does.”

Whitehurst has worn many hats throughout her nearly 30-year tenure. She began her career with the hospital as a collections clerk, and through much hard work and dedication, moved up the ladder to her current role. She is responsible for managing the Community Health, Employee Health and Diagnostic Imaging departments, as well as the Food and Nutrition department.

For an annual Thanksgiving dinner her Country Bible Church provides to local residents, Carolyn is one of the hardest working volunteers, longtime friend Nancy Murphy said.

“She cooks and helps set up, which is a big responsibility,” Nancy said. “She always works late the night before to ensure everything is just right. She’s just a fabulous person and an inspiration to everyone she meets.”

In addition to her work with the hospital, Carolyn is involved with her church’s mission trips, the Kaufman County Library, an after-school program of Kaufman ISD and the Genesis Center.

“Carolyn is a positive presence in our hospital and our community,” said Carl Stapp, board chair of Texas Health Kaufman. “She is always there to help.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman is a 91-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Kaufman and Henderson counties and the southern part of Dallas County since 1979. The hospital's services include women’s services, wound care, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation and pain management services. Texas Health Kaufman, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, was recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Kaufman.

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