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Photos from 50th Annual Tenure Dinner Celebration

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Spirit Of Excellence Employee March: Cherie Zehner

Cherie Zehner, phlebotomist, Imperial Lab & X-ray, 110 Third Street, will mark her 36th service anniversary with Methodist Hospital in July. For the first 10 years, she worked in the Lab at the hospital, but transferred to the Imperial Lab in 1989. "This is a drawing station for the hospital lab," Cherie explains. "I draw blood from patients, then send the specimens to the hospital via courier for testing. I also do drug screens, breathalyzer tests and collect hair and urine samples for drug testing." While the location is convenient for patients of physicians located in the Imperial Building, Cherie notes she sees lots of patients whose doctors are located elsewhere. "Anyone who has a doctor's order can come here to get his or her blood drawn," she says. Cherie grew up in Poole and graduated from Henderson County High School in 1974. She and her husband, David, a driver for Lewis Bakeries, recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary. They are the parents of three daughters. The eldest is Amanda, 30, who works at the Columbia Sportswear Distribution Center in Robards. Amy, 29, works as Pro Shop Manager at Audubon Golf Course and Abbey, 20, a sophomore at Brescia University in Owensboro, is pursuing a nursing career.

In her free time, Cherie enjoys going to Zumba classes at Holy Name and participates in a women's golf league. She also hits the links occasionally with her husband and daughters. Her other interests include shopping, going out to eat and taking short weekend trips to the Lake with family. A member of the Henderson Church of Christ, Cherie is a Sunday School teacher for two and three year olds. According to Cherie, the best part of her job is interacting with her patients. "Some come in frequently to get their blood drawn so I get to know them," she said. "I like what I'm doing and this has been a good place to work. I enjoy coming in every day."

Thank you Cherie for all your dedication to Methodist Hospital and its patients.

Spirit Of Excellence Employee March: Renita Henderson

Renita Henderson, Lead Patient Accounts Specialist, Patient Financial Services, joined the Methodist staff on November 29, 1994. Her affiliation with the hospital actually began two years earlier, when she was hired in a temporary position through Markham Security. After spending six months in the PBX department as a switchboard operator, she began working as an Insurance Specialist. She held that position until August 2014 when she was promoted to her current position. Renita oversees five customer service specialists who provide information to patients about their insurance coverage or making payments. "I love the girls I work with," she said. "They've been with me through both happy times and hardship."

"Methodist Hospital is my home," she continued. "I have watched it grow over the years, including the addition of the North and South Towers and the relocation of our new Patient Financial Services department. I see myself retiring here. I have no desire to work anywhere else." Renita recalls that her husband, Darryl, a Security employee who passed away two years ago, was also a past Employee of Excellence. " We were married 23 years and he was my best friend," she said. She spends as much time as she can with her family, which includes four grown children and 10 grandchildren. Her daughter, Felisha Thompson, lives in Greenville, KY, with son, Devin, 7, and daughter McKenzie, 13. Renita's son, Michael Gish, lives in Hanson, KY, with fiancé Amanda, and their children, Brayden, 14, Mykayla, 13, and Keagan, 6. Shawnda Daugherty lives in Henderson with her three daughters, including Sarah, 16, Elizabeth, 14, and Jessica, 12. Greg Gish and his wife, Lacey, live in Daytona Beach, FL, with their sons Tre', 14, and Dominick, 11.

Receiving the Spirit award was "a total surprise," according to Renita. "It is a very big honor. I just hope I can be a good Spirit leader for everyone." Congratulations Renita on a well-deserved award.

Spirit Of Excellence Employee February: TAMMY CURRY

Tammy Curry,Insurance Billing Specialist, Patient Financial Services, was first employed by Methodist Hospital from 1990-1993, when she worked as a receptionist at the Methodist Hospital Ambulatory Care Center in Dixon. She left to move to Lexington but returned to the area and worked with two home medical and infusion companies before being rehired by Methodist in 2010, where she worked for the Physician Billing Service as an Insurance Specialist.

In February 2013, she moved to MHUC, working as a Business Office Assistant before transferring to Patient Financial Services at the Henderson facility as a Cash Application Specialist in November 2013. A year later, she moved into her current position, working as a Medicaid Insurance Specialist. "Our Medicaid patients are growing rapidly since the new KY Health Exchange (Kynect)," she says. "I love my new position and have challenged myself to learn all the rules and guidelines for all of the MCO's with Medicaid."

Tammy lives in Providence, KY, with her husband, Brad, who she married in 2008, and their 7-year-old Maltese, Bo. Brad is the Providence Fire Chief and EMS Director. Tammy's stepson, Ryan, 21, attends UK. When she is not at work, Tammy enjoys cooking and reading cookbooks and magazines. "I have a huge collection of cookbooks," she notes. "My husband and I enjoy camping, fishing, and taking trips to the Florida Panhandle." She is a member of Little Dixie Methodist Church.

Congratulations to Tammy and thank you for all you do for our organization!


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