Salem, VA, May, 2015 – LewisGale Medical Center recently honored five recipients with its 2014 Awards of Distinction, the highest honor an employee, volunteer or physician can receive at an HCA facility, the parent company of LewisGale. The Awards of Distinction include the annual Frist Humanitarian Awards and a new category this year - the Excellence in Nursing Awards.

At a special recognition ceremony, the hospital presented the awards to Margie Twigg, 2014 Frist Humanitarian Employee Award; Bill Wingfield, 2014 Frist Humanitarian Volunteer Award; Dr. Nelson Greene, 2014 Frist Humanitarian Physician Award; Amanda Blankenship, 2014 Excellence in Nursing – Compassionate Care Award; and Teresa Stowasser, 2014 Excellence in Nursing – Professional Mentoring Award.

Margie Twigg is a licensed professional counselor and has been with LewisGale for more than 35 years, with much of that career in behavioral health. Margie is known and recognized by many co-workers for her positive, happy attitude and for always delivering a 100 percent effort, for her dedication to patients, her leadership abilities, and community service. In addition to mentoring graduate students serving internships at LewisGale, Margie sits on the board of Mental Health America of the Roanoke Valley and on the Child and Family Advisory Board at Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare. She also represents LewisGale at a number of events, helping to keep her community informed.

Bill Wingfield is a volunteer Chaplin Associate at LewisGale Medical Center and has volunteered here for nearly two decades. In addition to ministering to patients faithfully every Friday morning, Bill also serves as an on-call chaplain, helping comfort patients and their families at all hours of the day and night. Through the years he’s also contributed in countless ways, from leading chapel services to a leading a spiritual group, and is often recognized for his commitment to the care and improvement of human life. Within his own church and in the community, Bill continues to serve, displaying his love and compassion for his family and for others.

As part of a nearly 30-year career with LewisGale, Dr. Nelson Greene is a pulmonary physician with LewisGale Physicians. According to co-workers, he is very well respected by his colleagues and trusted deeply by patients and their families, valuing a team approach to patient care while employing excellent communication skills. Time and again, Dr. Greene is described as being approachable and displaying compassion while always maintaining a calm demeanor and exemplary bedside manner. In addition to being a longstanding physician leader at LewisGale, he also sits on the Board of Directors and mentors students through his role with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Amanda Blankenship is a registered nurse in Oncology and has been with LewisGale for nearly a decade. Her co-workers say that her skills, knowledge, wisdom and compassion make her an inspiration for other nurses, while patients consistently describe her abilities as “amazing” and relate the comfort she brought to their lives during difficult times. Even while caring for patients, serving as a Master Trainer for colleagues, and raising a family, Amanda found time to further her skills and knowledge, obtaining a Masters in Nursing Science degree while giving back to the community as a volunteer with her church and with the Susan G. Komen non-profit organization.

Teresa Stowasser is an Infection Control Preventionist with more than 36 years of service at LewisGale. In addition to mentoring fellow Infection Preventionists, she’s described as using her expertise and knowledge to educate fellow nurses on infection prevention, serving as a resource not only for LewisGale but within local, regional and even national medical communities as well through her committee member roles in the Association for Professionals in Infection Control. Colleagues say that her knowledge and skills are accompanied by a remarkable attitude, compassion and approachability, and that she’s always the first to volunteer, even though she arrives to work early and stays late.

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