Melanie Joyner, the patient care coordinator for the SECU Hospice House, has been named Johnston Health Ambassador of the Month.
During a recent presentation, CEO Chuck Elliott said Mrs. Joyner has the respect and admiration of coworkers, physicians and nurses, as well as care managers/social workers from the eastern half of the state. “Her patience, compassion and concern are a standard that all nurses and care providers could emulate,” he says.
Ms. Joyner, a registered nurse, is among the original staff of the hospice house, which opened in June 2010. Before coming aboard, she worked as a nurse in telemetry at a hospital in Dunn. She became interested in working with hospice after her father needed end-of-life care.
Although his time with hospice was short, Mrs. Joyner says she was so impressed with hospice that she decided she wanted to offer that same kind of care and support for others. At the hospice house, she started out as a bedside nurse, and loved it right away.
“From the ground up, I’ve enjoyed being part of a wonderful team,” she says. “Everyone is here for the right reason.”
Mrs. Joyner is also a practitioner in the Healing Touch Program, a therapy that is an energy-based approach to health and healing. “It’s used in hospice as a way to alleviate pain and anxiety,” she says.
Mrs. Joyner and her husband, Greg, live in Buies Creek. They have two grown daughters and two granddaughters.
Through the ambassador program, Johnston Health recognizes employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. They deliver quality care, foster teamwork and offer excellent service.
In addition to a designated month-long parking space, Mrs. Joyner will receive eight hours of paid time off.
About Johnston Health Johnston Health is the health care system serving Johnston County. It operates acute care hospitals in Smithfield and Clayton, which are licensed for a combined 199 beds. Since February 2014, Johnston Health has been part of UNC Health Care.
At center, CEO Chuck Elliott congratulates Melanie Joyner on being named Johnston Health Ambassador of the Month. At far left is Tracey Carson, an administrative director of patient care services. At far right is Dr. Dennis Koffer, medical director of hospice. In addition to a parking sign and designated spot, Mrs. Joyner will receive eight hours of paid time off.