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Parkland Health Center’s Sarah Freeman Named Our BJC Values Employee for January

Parkland Health Center is pleased to announce that Sarah Freeman has been selected as the Our BJC Values Employee for the month of January 2021. Sarah is a nurse on the medical-surgical floor and has worked at Parkland Health Center for two and a half years.
 
Sarah’s nomination reads in part, “Sarah goes above and beyond her job requirements and she does it with a smile. She is continuously helping other staff such as PCTs, housekeeping, and charge nurses without being asked. She is a perfect example of what a nurse should be to new employees. She deserves to be recognized for her hard work, dedication, and the person she is.”
 
Upon learning she had been selected as January’s Our BJC Values Employee, Sarah said, “Honestly, when I heard I had received the award I was shocked. I really wasn't expecting it. I feel very honored to be recognized by my teammates.”
 
When asked what she enjoys most about her job, Sarah replied, “I love being a bedside nurse. I enjoy the variety of patients I am able to see in a given day on our floor.” Sarah began working as a nurse’s aide right out of high school and continued her education to become a Registered Nurse. Sarah said, “I chose nursing because I have always loved helping people. After all these years in healthcare, I still really love nursing.”
 
The past year has been difficult for frontline workers across the globe due to COVID-19. “Although being a bedside nurse has been challenging through the pandemic, I am very thankful for the support of my work family, my family, and my husband,” Sarah said. “I am thankful I work with a group of people who are always there to help in times of need. These people are always there to laugh with, to cry with, and to help encourage you when needed.”
 
As part of BJC HealthCare, Parkland Health Center employees exhibit our shared values of compassion, respect, excellence, safety, and teamwork.
 
Parkland Health Center
Parkland Health Center includes two locations in Missouri — a full-service acute care hospital in Farmington as well as a three-bed critical access hospital in Bonne Terre. Parkland Health Center provides quality primary and secondary level inpatient and outpatient services to the people of St. Francois County and surrounding areas in southeastern Missouri.  Services across these two facilities include intensive care, obstetrics, geriatric psychiatry emergency services, oncology, infusion, sleep lab, wound care, and the Huckstep Heart and Lung Center. 
 
Parkland Health Center is part of BJC HealthCare which also includes St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the teaching hospitals for Washington University School of Medicine. For additional information about Parkland Health Center, please call (573) 756-6451 or the physician finder service at (573) 431-3338 or visit www.parklandhealthcenter.org
 
BJC HealthCare
BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois, and mid-Missouri regions. Serving the health care needs of urban, suburban, and rural communities, BJC includes 15 hospitals and multiple health service organizations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care, and hospice. BJC’s nationally recognized academic hospitals, Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals are affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine

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