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Great Plains Health employee recieves NHA Caring Kind Award

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Megan Hanson, Marketing Manager
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On October 14, Great Plains Health's Director of Patient Access, Mary Arthur, was recognized with the Nebraska Hospital Association's (NHA) most prestigious award, The Caring Kind, given to outstanding health care employees, during the 2016 NHA Annual Convention in Omaha.

For 37 years, The Caring Kind award has been given to Nebraska's most caring and compassionate hospital employees. The award honors outstanding health care employees who have demonstrated compassion for patients, cooperation with coworkers and dedication to excellence in their job responsibilities.

In her nomination, the following quote was used to describe Mary Arthur. "Caring and kind are only a few words that could be used to describe Mary Arthur. In short, Mary is a perfect example of the Great Plains Health mission. Caring for patients has always been Mary's specialty. Whether in a nursing role or a leadership role, Mary puts the patients first, ALWAYS."

Mary Arthur has been employed by Great Plains Health for 40 years in various roles, and she also serves at the organizer of the annual employee holiday party.

"My goal is to help our patients however I can, whether it's finding information, a smile, a ride through the hallways or even being their own personal guide through our system," said Mary Arthur. "From the time they drive up to our hospital campus and come into Great Plains Health, they deserve the best care, and we should exceed their expectations."

According to Mel McNea, CEO of Great Plains Health, Mary will always drop what she is doing to assist our patients and families. In addition, Mary has spent many years leading and mentoring young nurses, sharing with them not only her knowledge, but also her grace, passion and love for patients. Mary is passionate about her job and is an excellent resource within the hospital.

More than 2,280 dedicated health care professionals have received this award since its inception in 1979. This year, 81 employees were honored before nearly 500 people in attendance at The Caring Kind Awards Luncheon, held at Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel & Conference Center in La Vista.

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