Ann Bradford Kennedy, a registered nurse at Vaughan Regional Medical Center, has been recognized as the hospital’s 2021 Mercy Award winner, the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.
The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded. The Mercy Award is an annual recognition program established in 2002 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer.
“At Vaughan Regional Medical Center, we share LifePoint’s commitment to making communities healthier, and werecognize this is supported by the good work and service of our employees on and off the job,” said David McCormack, CEO of Vaughan Regional Medical Center. “We are extremely proud to recognize Ann Kennedy for herefforts on behalf of our patients and our community. She goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person she encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion.”
Kennedy has been a registered nurse for 13 years. She is currently the Chest Pain Coordinator and works full-time in the Catheterization Laboratory. During the hospital’s highest COVID census days, Kennedy was instrumental in re-opening a second ICU to care for COVID patients. Kennedy worked extra shifts and volunteered to work several daysin COVID Vaccine Clinic, including the hospital’s Mass Vaccine Clinic at Bloch Park, where the hospital was able tovaccinate over 5,000 people in three days.
Kennedy volunteers in the community in many different capacities. She is a member of the Selma Charity League Inc.and is currently serving as a board member. Kennedy has served as Spotlight Project co-chair. Most recently, Kennedy was appointed Signature Project Chair responsible for the annual “Hollywood Benefit.”
Kennedy is an also officer of College City Drug Store in Marion. She is active with the Marion United Methodist Church where during the beginning of the COVID pandemic many churches closed. Kennedy is also an activemember of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Selma.
Each hospital winner, including Kennedy, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2021 companywide Mercy Award. The companywide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a ceremony in Nashville in August.