Community Medical Center Names 2019 Mercy Award Winner

Susan Nelson recognized for demonstrating compassion and unwavering commitment to helping others.

Community Medical Center recently announced that Susan Nelson has been recognized as the hospital’s 2019 Mercy Award winner. 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 2001 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.

“At Community Medical Center, we share LifePoint’s commitment to Making Communities Healthier, and we recognize this is supported by the good work and service of our employees on and off the job,” said Dean French, MD, CEO for Community Medical Center. “We are extremely proud to recognize Susan Nelson for her efforts 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.”

Susan is the director of oncology services at Community Cancer Care & Prevention. She was nominated by fellow employees for her relentless dedication to go beyond the call of duty to serve patients and the community. Susan routinely advocates for patients and staff showing commitment and caring that transcends the everyday. Recently she took it upon herself to coordinate a multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals to achieve accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). After only one year, the cancer center not only received accreditation from the ACS, but also received three commendations from the ACS (virtually unheard of in your first year). She also gives back to numerous non-profit organizations such as Camp Mak-A-Dream, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Each hospital winner, including Susan, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2019 companywide Mercy Award. The companywide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., in August, to which Susan and all hospital winners are invited to attend.