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lallie kemp regional medical center
52579 Hwy 51 south, independence, la 70443
ph: (985) 878-9421
Shining Star for January 2014
Sally started working at Lallie Kemp as a contract worker in 2002 and then became a permanent member of the Lallie Kemp family in 2010. She is currently a ‘Pharmacy Technician’ in our pharmacy. Sally’s main responsibilities consist of maintaining the Pyxis medicine machines and purchasing for the department. She is glad to say that she is able to do this while being able to maintain stock levels while staying under budget.
When asked what she likes most about her job she stated, “I love what I do and the people that I work with, and also – the hours are great”. She likes the challenges that come with the purchasing aspect of her job, as she is always able to get things that have been backordered or shorted so that things are able to continue to run smoothly.
In her time off she enjoys 4-wheeling, boating, camping, fishing, and cooking with her husband of six years, Channing; they also enjoy trying out new restaurants. Her family also includes a new puppy, Remey Roux and her cat, Big Papa. Sally has a “big heart” and enjoys socializing with family and friends whenever she finds the time. One of her desires in the future is to learn to ride and perhaps own motorcycle, if she could get this past her father.
When asked about her reaction to being named “Shining Star” she said, “I was shocked!” with a big smile on her face. It obviously came as a big surprise. When you see Sally, please congratulate her on being “January’s Shining Star”!!
Shining Star for February 2014
Jennifer came to Lallie Kemp in 1994. Over the past 19 years she has worked in several departments and is currently a statistician in the Compliance Department. Her role in the department includes creating reporting tools and databases used to collect and report information for her department, and others, which are essential to the hospital as a whole. She enjoys the behind the scene problem solving that is the essential role of her department. She feels that part of their job as a department is to keep up with the always changing Compliance rules and regulations. This information is then used to educate employees in order to keep the hospital compliant.
When asked what she likes most about her job Jennifer stated, “I love what I do, the people that I work with, especially her manager Becky”. She feels that those she works with are very knowledgeable. They all have learned a lot from their supervisor Becky Reeves regarding the complicated rules of hospital compliance. Jennifer says that she is very appreciative of the Lallie Kemp family for all of their love and support she and her family received, when her husband had his accident and during his recovery a few years ago.
In her time off she enjoys drawing and cartooning, as well as playing video games and chasing behind her 9-year-old son, William. She is a consummate soccer mom and travels with the team as they compete in games and tournaments. She has been married to her husband Lynn for 13 years, and has, 2 cats and 2 dogs, which are all rescue animals.
When asked about her reaction to being named “Shining Star” Jennifer smiled and said, “I was shocked and a little nervous as anyone would have been being called to administration without knowing why.” It obviously came as a big surprise. When you see Jennifer, please congratulate her on being “February’s Shining Star”!!
Shining Star for March 2014
Heather came to Lallie Kemp from Southeast Louisiana Hospital in May of 2013 as a weekend and on-call pharmacist. We are thrilled to have her join our full time staff as of March 1, 2014!! She has been an invaluable asset in assisting with the “Pyxis Med Dispensing System”. Heather has made significant improvements and helped reorganize various areas of the hospital. She works closely with the “Willow Team” to enable the integration of the Pyxis system and Epic run smoothly. She and her co-workers are working together, to design a plan for the expansion of the Pyxis System that will better accommodate the needs of each department.
We asked her what she likes most about her job, and she said, “My co-workers were the nicest people; they make coming to work easy.” Heather also expressed her gratitude toward her full time status!! “The whole department works well together as a team,” Heather said. She was overcome by the idea that those she worked with felt she deserved this honor.
Heather is married to Scott Miller, who works in Security at LKMC. She and Scott have two children; Lacey (15) who has six cats, one of which is a rescue from our campus and Max (12) who enjoys bowling and parkour (ninja moves). Their family is a member of St. Paul Lutheran church where she is currently the financial secretary. Her other interests include reading, quilting, and informs us she is a BIG fan of “Disney World”.
When seeing Heather’s reaction to being named “Shining Star”, she was very overwhelmed. She said it was very heartwarming to be honored in this way and grateful for the team she works with. When you see Heather, please join us in congratulating her on being March’s “Shining Star”!!
Shining Star for April 2014
Suzanne became a member of the Lallie Kemp family in 2010, and has been an integral member of her department and the hospital as a whole since that time. She is tireless in her dedication to serving our facility! She feels it is important to completely support the Quality Resources Division and does so within the best of her abilities. The department unanimously feels she is their “go to” person, always energetic, professional, detail oriented and, of course, efficient.
When asked about what she likes most about her job, Suzanne stated: “I like making people smile and being able to treat people the way I would like to be treated”. She identifies her greatest professional strength as her willingness to do what is asked of her, but we all know she often goes above and beyond what is expected. She thoroughly enjoys the friendly and family-like atmosphere we have here, as well as the willingness of her co-workers to perform as a team. She enjoys being able to put her whole heart into a project and the reward that comes from the dedication put into it.
Suzanne has been married to her husband, Bobby, for 20 years. They enjoy numerous outside activities, such as attending fairs and festivals, but she said they are very active in the “Camaro Car Club”. Suzanne has recently been assisting with local fund raisers. She loves animals, spending time with her family and car racing. She also enjoys cooking, painting, dancing and reading a good book.
When Suzanne was told she’d won she said, “My heart began to race! I was very honored and excited…as well
as humbled”. When you see Suzanne, please join us in congratulating her on being “April’s Shining Star”!!
Shining Star for May 2014
Courtney Mitchell came to Lallie Kemp in February of 2013 from Earl K. Long. He regularly works as part of our night shift in the ICU. His nursing and people skills render him outstanding in the eyes of his co-workers and the patients he cares for. Courtney has earned an impressive reputation during his time at LK. Our staff, patients as well as family members cannot seem to compliment him enough! Courtney is very well known for his approachability, dedication, knowledge, and his genuine willingness to share his knowledge and skills whenever and wherever needed.
When asked about what he liked best about working at Lallie Kemp he answered “The people – all of them”. He further stated that “Everyone who works here is excellent; including the nursing staff, physicians, ancillary staff, housekeeping, grounds crew, security, and the patients; they all make Lallie Kemp great”. He appreciates the fact that he has been allowed to work in the ICU with the critically ill patients as well as a relief supervisor, which he considers a privilege.
Courtney has been married to his wife, Rachelle, for “Ten wonderful years”. He and his wife are members of Central Baptist Church of Baton Rouge. In his younger years he was on the 1989 State Champion Dixie League team as catcher. Courtney and his brother are avid fishermen, fishing in both fresh and salt water. His most recent fishing trip was to the Toledo Bend Fishing Rodeo, where he won 1st place, winning enough to pay for the trip.
Upon receiving the news that he was Shining Star for May, Courtney stated “I was shocked! What a privilege - WOW!” He also said “I would like to dedicate this honor to a young man I was privileged to know, if for only a few months - Clint Bickham”. He went on to say that “Clint was a precious and wonderful person who I wish I had known longer than the short time I did”. When you see Courtney, please join us in congratulating him on being May’s “Shining Star”!!
Shining Star for June 2014
Tara came to Lallie Kemp Medical Center in 1993 as a student worker in the Outpatient Clinic. In 1995 she was hired into our Pathology Department while retaining a full time student status at Southeastern University. Following graduation in 2000, she earned a promotion into our Social Services Department as a Social Service Counselor II. Since 2005, she has been a Social Service Counselor 5-B, where she functions as the supervisor in that department. In addition to managing the Social Services Department, she also works with the Medication Procurement Program, assists internal hospital medical staff with discharge planning and provides endless attention to our patients based upon their individual, specialized needs. Tara works closely with outside facilities from various areas to meet the needs of our patient population. She is a vital member of our patient care team.
When asked about what she likes most about her job, Tara stated: “It’s the people I work with, as well as the people I can help”. She believes her greatest accomplishment is being able to begin her employment at LKMC as a student, being able to work here full time through college and subsequently build her long term career in the same place, close to home. Tara is completely dedicated to tirelessly pursuing aid and assistance to the patients that rely upon our facility.
She is the third of four children and credits her parents for making her work for what she received, thus making her appreciate all that she has. She has been married to “Danny Boy” DiVittorio for eight wonderful years. They are the proud parents of two sons, Dane and Gage and are the proud owners of the family pet “Hotdog”. Tara is a member of Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church. She also is an active volunteer at Mater Dolorosa Catholic School where her children attend. When asked what she thought people might not know about her, she responded “I’m very competitive! I love sports and I am very low maintenance”. In her time off Tara enjoys sunbathing by the pool, 4-wheeler riding and fishing with her husband and boys. She also assists with coaching her sons’ baseball and basketball teams.
When Tara was told she was June’s Shining Star, she was genuinely surprised. When you see Tara, please join us in congratulating her on being “June’s Shining Star”!!
Shining Star for July 2013
Tanya first started working at Lallie Kemp in September of 2000. She is currently a ‘RN 3’ in our GYN Clinic. Included in Tanya’s daily tasks are women’s wellness exams and providing extensive education to our female patients.
When asked what she likes most about her job she stated, “I enjoy the people I work with and the people I serve.” She said her greatest accomplishment at LKMC is “Being selected as an RN in the GYN clinic. It gives me more one on one time with the patients!”
In her time off she enjoys spending time with her twin grandchildren and trail riding.
When asked about her reaction to being named “Shining Star” she said, “I’m shocked, really shocked. I had previously received the “ACE” award and to receive this type of award again is truly an honor!” When you see Tanya, please congratulate her on being July's Shining Star.
Shining Star for August 2013
Susan first started working at Lallie Kemp in December of 1994. She is currently an ‘Administrative Coordinator’ in our Social Services Department. Along with her other tasks, Susan’s role is vital in assisting our indigent patient population receive their medication(s).
When asked what she likes most about her job she stated, “I enjoy the people. These people are my family.” She said her greatest accomplishment at LKMC is “Being in Social Services and being able to help our patients has been the most rewarding accomplishment!”
In her time off she enjoys visiting, cooking, and she helps the elderly. She also enjoys swimming, walking and reading. Some things you may not know about Susan are: She once owned her own business and she was a deputy sheriff. She has one (1) daughter, Marisa, and two (2) grandsons.
When asked about her reaction to being named “Shining Star” she said, “I’m honored and touched. I am very proud and thankful!” When you see Susan please congratulate her on being Augusts' “Shining Star”!!
Shining Star September 2013
Allen "Ray" Singletary
Ray started working at Lallie Kemp in July of 2009. He is currently a ‘Registered Nurse in the Medicine Unit. Ray’s main responsibility is providing exceptional direct patient care. He also “frequently assumes the role of ‘charge nurse’ and consistently works with the Emergency and ICU departments”. When asked what he likes most about his job Ray stated, “Taking care of our patients and the teamwork that we all share in accomplishing that.” He credits his co-workers to his being so successful at LKMC. He believes his greatest accomplishment at LKMC is being entrusted to be a charge nurse on the Medicine Unit and receiving the “Shining Star” award. In his time off he likes to spend time with his friends and family. Some unknown facts about Ray are: he plays guitar and likes to travel. When asked about his reaction to being named a “Shining Star”, he said, “I was surprised and appreciative!” When you see Ray, please congratulate him on being September’s “Shining Star”!!
Shining Star for October 2013
Kayla started working at Lallie Kemp in November of 2005. She is currently a ‘Hospital Admissions Tech’ in our Admit Screening Department. Kayla’s main responsibilities consist of registration and screening of our patients, supervising employees and preparing reports. When asked what she likes most about her job she stated, “The people I work with and the work we do.” She credits “trying to make everyone happy” as being the reason for her success at LKMC. When asked why she believes she accomplishes so much at LKMC, she replied: ‘I have the privilege to meet new people every day and this has helped me open up.’ In her time off she likes to put together puzzles, go bowling with friends, and hang out with family. She has one dog named Marlin. When asked about her reaction to being named “Shining Star”, she said, “I was shocked. It didn’t sink in till later on in the day!” When you see Kayla please congratulate her on being October’s “Shining Star”!!
Shining Star for November 2013
Susan started working at Lallie Kemp in June of 2012. She is currently a ‘Training & our Training & Development Specialist 3’ in Education Department. Susan’s main responsibilities consist of training staff on WILMA, EPIC, and IMAB. She also greets our new employees with general orientation. When asked what she likes most about her job she stated, “Everything! Because of my position I get to know everyone as soon as they get here as well as train and educate them on systems that are used within the hospital.” She credits the people of Lallie Kemp to being so successful at LKMC. “They make it easy and enjoyable. They make me want to come to work and its rewarding.” When asked what her greatest accomplishment at LKMC was, she stated, “being credentialed in two (2) areas of EPIC.” In her time off she likes to cook, garden and go to Florida any chance she gets. She also enjoys spending time with her husband of 31 years, as well as her son, daughter and grandson. She is a member of ‘Family and Friends’ at Evergreen, which is a facility for the developmentally challenged. When asked about her reaction to being named “Shining Star”, she said, “I was stunned, shocked, floored, and amazed!” When you see Susan please congratulate her on being November’s “Shining Star”!
Shining Star for December 2013
Lanette started working at Lallie Kemp in February of 2003. She is currently a ‘LPN 2’ in our Specialty Clinic. Lanette’s main responsibilities consist of entering information into the ‘Care- Ware Database’, telemed, tele-psych, and she plays a vital role in the federal grant for our HIV patients. When asked what she likes most about her job she stated, “My coworkers and the patients.” She credits her coworkers at Lallie Kemp towards her success. When asked what her greatest accomplishment at LKMC was, she stated, “Being able to have the best working relationship with the patients, being able to take a grant writing class so that I can assist with the federal grant.” In her time off she likes to cook. She is part of several community activities including: American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Vietnam Vet Auxiliary and she volunteers at the VA Clinic in Hammond. When she is not doing all of these busy activities, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two (2) children. When asked about her reaction to being named “Shining Star”, she said, “Shocked!” When you see Lanette please congratulate her on being “December’s Shining Star”!!