Memorial Hospital Names Winner of Mercy Award

May 18, 2015

Martinsville, Va. (May 18, 2015) – On Friday, May 15, Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County held the annual Mercy Awards. The Mercy Award, Memorial Hospital’s biggest honor, recognizes outstanding employees for their commitment to LifePoint’s High Five Guiding Principles. In addition, the award commends individuals who go above and beyond their call of duty in serving patients, co-workers and the community, demonstrating a level of commitment and care, respecting everything they do, and inspiring others with compassion, dedication and a merciful spirit. 

Named in memory of Scott Mercy, LifePoint Health’s founding Chairman and CEO, the Mercy Award recognizes extraordinary employees who best embrace the humanitarian spirit on which the company was founded. In 2000, Scott lost his life in an airplane accident. Employees are nominated by their peers and one employee is selected who follows in his footsteps. 

Nominees for the award included Hope Barker, RN (Intensive Care Unit); Louise Boley (Secretary,  Health Information Management); Brittany Brown, RN (Emergency Department); Janet Cole, RN (HomeCare); MaDena DuChemin (Director, Human Resources); Susan Henderson, RN (Cardiac Rehab); Wanda McGhee (Administrative Assistant, Care Management); and Bonnylee Witt (Hospital Chaplain).

Michael Ehrat, CEO of Memorial Hospital, awarded the 2015 LifePoint Mercy Award to Susan Henderson. Henderson has worked as a Registered Nurse for Memorial Hospital for 41 years. During that time, she has worked in numerous departments including the Julius Hermes Breast Center, cath lab and cardiac rehabilitation departments. Henderson is the originator and co-founder of the hospital’s annual Heart Expo event.  While Henderson is exceptional at work, she is also a large access to the community, supporting many local events and activities such as Relay for Life. 

 “The best part of Susan is her heart,” said Ehrat. “She makes me proud to be a part of Memorial Hospital.”

Henderson and her husband will receive a trip to Tennessee this fall to celebrate the award and to represent Memorial Hospital against other LifePoint hospitals for the company’s overall Mercy Award.

About Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County 

Memorial Hospital has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County Community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region with a full range of services including 24/7 Emergency Care, Inpatient/Outpatient Surgical Services, Advanced Cancer Treatment, Wound/Hyperbaric Care, Women and Children Services, Diagnostics, Cardiology, Rehabilitation, Sleep Disorder, and Pain Management. More than 120 physicians are on the medical staff. The hospital employs more than 850 people and has more than 100 volunteers. For more information, visit