LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health gave its highest honor to one employee and named a leadership award in honor of another at an annual banquet Thurday.
Lisa A. Hunt, patient financial services manager, was named the 2015 winner of the John D. Drake Distinguished Service Award, Southeastern Health’s highest employee honor, and Reid Caldwell, government affairs officer was named the 2015 winner of a new award named in his honor, The W. Reid Caldwell Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award.
Hunt and Caldwell received the awards at the service awards banquet Thursday in Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s cafeteria.
“Lisa has been described as the cornerstone of her department,” said Southeastern Health President/CEO Joann Anderson, who made the surprise presentations. “She is a natural leader who has advanced to a leadership role in her department because she is an excellent communicator who is passionate about her work.”
Anderson said Caldwell exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding Southeastern Health leader.
“Reid exhibits integrity, honesty and ethical behavior in all that he does and has done for this medical center since he joined the organization as a vice president in 1981. His work has ensured that SeHealth and Robeson County continue to improve every day,” she said.
Hunt is the 29th person to be named winner of the Drake Award, which was established by the Southeastern Health Board of Trustees in 1988 to recognize exceptional service by employees. The Drake award was named in honor of the late John D. Drake, who retired as head cook in 1984 after 38 years of service.
To qualify for the Drake award, a Southeastern Health employee must demonstrate high standards for personal performance on the job, loyalty and dedication to the organization, an excellent attendance record, respect by fellow workers, leadership skills, and a caring attitude to fellow employees and guests of the organization.
Hunt and Caldwell were awarded a framed certificate and an engraved watch as part of their respective awards. Their names will also be added to plaques that are permanently displayed in SRMC’s main corridor.
Hunt lives in Fairmont with her husband, Terry, and has three grown children, Kristen, Ethan and Shaina.
Caldwell lives in Lumberton with his wife, Susan, and has three grown children, Will, Matt and Katie Grissom.
Previous winners of the Drake award were: 1988, Julia Harris; 1989, Addie Mae Caple; 1990, Beatrice Leggett and Vashti Pittman; 1991, Thelma Jean Reeves; 1992, Paula McLean; 1993, Shirley Thompson; 1994, Sonya Oxendine; 1995, Terry Carter; 1996, Vera McDowell; 1997, Jimmy Page; 1998, James E. Jones; 1999, JoAnn Falls and Myrtle Oxendine; 2000, Patricia Davis; 2001, Sherri Hayes; 2002, Doris Madden; 2003, Mary Catherine Buie; 2004, Noel Bounds; 2005, Cynthia George; 2006, Rhonda Carter; 2007, Anne Marie Hendren; 2008, Myrtle Wilcox; 2009, Audrey Cox; 2010, Bryan Hilbourn; 2011, Merry Hardin; 2012, Gerard McRae; and 2014, Jeff Edge.