MMC Announces 2016 Mercy Award Winner

May 18, 2016

Minden, Louisiana, May 2016. – Sarah Carter, Human Resources Coordinator at Minden Medical Center has been awarded the 2016 Mercy Award. The annual Mercy Award is voted upon by peers and given to a deserving hospital employee who proudly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.

The annual Mercy Award program was established in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer (CEO). It recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint’s 72 healthcare facilities, and the Health Support Center based in Brentwood, Tenn., who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded. The Mercy Award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.

“Sarah is not only an excellent ambassador for Minden Medical Center, she truly has a servant’s heart and strives to help others,” said Mary Winget, Human Resources Director of Minden Medical Center. “In addition to taking care of all that she comes in contact with at MMC, she helps many! Sarah is very active in her church.   She is a member of the choir and a leader in the children/young adults department at her church. Each year, she freely gives of her vacation time from MMC to chaperone the teenagers to church camp, accompany them to the youth rally, is an Awanas leader and serves as the director of their Vacation Bible School.  The young adults look up to Sarah because she leads by example and she is an excellent mentor to them.  As you can see, she is called to children’s ministry.  Her life is an awesome testimony to the children she ministers to. Sarah is a mentor by her actions.”

Sarah is a dedicated wife, mother, servant in her community and a loyal, dedicated and compassionate employee at Minden Medical Center for 17 years. For several years, Sarah has participated in the St. Jude Chili Cook-off which contributes to helping Minden raise the most money per capita for St. Jude.

In 2014, she and her son began the Minden St. Jude’s Bass Fishing Tournament, “Reeling for a cure for St. Jude.” She wanted to work with her son and let this passion, help the children of St. Jude’s Hospital. Sarah had never been in charge of such a large fishing tournament, but where there is a will with Sarah, there is a way!   

Working in Human Resources, provides the opportunity to help employees that are in need. Sarah has been known to give her own money to buy employees food, assisted with an insurance premium when they couldn’t pay and much more.   She wouldn’t want anyone to know this, as she does this from her heart and she considers this a part of her ministry and service to others.  

Minden Medical Center presents the Mercy Award each year to recognize a hospital employee who personifies the qualities Mercy possessed, including:

  • consistently go beyond the call of duty in serving patients and the community
  • demonstrate a level of commitment and caring that transcends the everyday
  • respect the individual in everything they do
  • inspire others with compassion, dedication and a merciful spirit.

As you can readily see, Sarah requires no special recognition to perform an outstanding job; she goes out of her way to go above and beyond to help everyone that she comes in contact with, whether it is a patient that is lost in the hospital and she takes them to their destination; an employee that has suffered a tragedy, or a visitor that doesn’t have money to eat in the cafeteria... Sarah is there to help.  She truly demonstrates a level of commitment and caring that is readily apparent to everyone she comes in contact with. She inspires employees by her actions, deeds and heart felt compassion.

Sarah, thank you for being an extraordinary role model and inspiration to all who know you!