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Spirit Of Excellence Employee October: Randell Fulkerson

Randell Fulkerson, MLT, ASCP, Medical Laboratory Technician, was hired in March 2011, while he was still completing his associate of science degree in medical laboratory technology at Henderson Community College. He started as a generalist, working in every department, and was named relief supervisor in November 2013. When Carol Hay was promoted to Laboratory Director upon the retirement of long-time director Rayanna Riley, Randell was promoted to
second shift supervisor in July 2014. He is now working on completing a bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science through the University of Cincinnati's online program. He will graduate in December.

While he enjoys working in all areas of the Lab, Randell says the Blood Bank is his favorite. "It's hands-on, all manual work. We run the antibody screens, cross match the blood…it's like working a puzzle." Urinalysis is also of interest to him; in fact, he teaches the urinalysis course at Henderson Community College from January to May. Becoming a lab technician was a mid-life career change for Randell, who worked on alternators and starters as an auto electric tech for over 20 years. When he was laid off in 2008, he decided to go back to college and is grateful to have found work here at Methodist.

Randell and his wife, Robin, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary in January 2015. They are the parents of four grown children and nine grandchildren. Daughter Kristy Stewart is the mother of Brandi, Ashley, and Kaylei, while son Nathan Spainhoward and his wife, Jaclyn, have four children-Jada, Tucker, Carter, and Jaxton. Derick Fulkerson
is the father of a daughter, Maci, and Jeremy Fulkerson, has a daughter, Sage. "We have quite a crew to keep track of," Randell chuckled, "but they all live close by."

When asked what he likes to do when not working, he commented, "Since January 2010, my free time has been spent doing schoolwork. My wife and I used to do a lot of camping and fishing. Once I finish my degree, we'll start camping again." "Really speechless," is how he describes his feeling at being named this month's Spirit award. "I couldn't believe it was happening; it was very unexpected. Receiving it was a very special thing to me and keeps me focused on my goals."

Spirit of Excellence September: Beth Taylor, PT DPT

Beth Taylor, PT, DPT, joined Therapy Services at Methodist Hospital in January 1988. She has worked as a Clinical Physical Therapist throughout her 26-plus years here. For the past five years, she has been stationed at a satellite office next to Methodist Orthopaedic Services, 471 Klutey Park Plaza, where she works with patients of physicians who are part of that group practice.

After graduating from Henderson County High in 1978, Beth earned an associate's degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Evansville, then worked at Welborn Hospital in Evansville as a P.T. Assistant. She returned to UE to earn a bachelor's degree in P.T. in 1986 and worked at the Visiting Nurse Association in Evansville for two years before coming to work at Methodist. In 2010, Beth reached another educational milestone when she earned a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Kentucky.

Beth enjoys helping people who have suffered injury or illness to recover function and have the ability to live a quality life after their therapy. "I really enjoy interacting with my patients and helping them on whatever level they need. No two situations are the same so there is something new every day." She says she is proud to work for Methodist Hospital. "I think we have an excellent group of caring people here." First recognized in March 2007 with the MVP Award, she says she was very sur-prised to be honored with the Spirit Award. "I was not expecting it at all, and to be recognized twice is very humbling."

Beth and her husband, Michael, principal of Tekoppel Elementary School in Evansville, have been married for 27 years.

Their son, Collin, 22, is finishing a degree in Political Science at USI in Evansville, while daughter, Kaitlin, 25, a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, is an oboist in the USAF Band, Washington, D.C. Beth's stepdaughter, Jessica, 34, husband Isaac, and their daughter, Adele, 3, live in Atlanta where Jessica is completing studies at Emory University to become a Nurse Practitioner.

Beth and Michael enjoy hiking, snow-skiing and jogging. Beth's other interests include cooking and gardening. Congratulations, Beth, on being recognized by your co-workers! You are an asset to our team!


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