Smith Receives Hospital Award

July 7, 2020

The Mercy Award is named after LifePoint Health’s founding chairman and CEO, Scott Mercy.  Scott helped to set a standard and a culture that still resonates.  The award named in his honor recognizes one employee at each hospital annually who demonstrates those characteristics that LifePoint was founded on.  The Mercy Award is the highest honor a LifePoint Health employee can receive, and this year’s STRHS Lawrenceburg recipient is pharmacist, Beth Smith.

“Beth was nominated due to her character that is routinely displayed in her treatment of others as well as her commitment to moral excellence,” said hospital CEO, Adam Martin.  She is a team player that works to help bring down walls and silos that tend to separate us.  She leads with a positive attitude, encouraging spirit, influences and demonstrates her ownership style, and serves others humility.”

Martin added that if he had to sum up Beth in one word, it would be teacher.  She is truly passionate about sharing her knowledge and is always looking for a new opportunity to do so and when she is not going above and beyond to educate employees on medication programs, you will find her in the community at speaking engagements.  She volunteered to assist with teaching Pharmacology at Lawrence County High School, assisted EMS with emergency drug education and oversaw the Antimicrobial Stewardship programs at both STRHS Lawrenceburg and Pulaski.

Beth was involved in the organization and presented at the Lawrenceburg Antimicrobial Symposium Event which included Lawrence, Giles, and Wayne counties.  The presentation was so impressive that it was suggested it be filmed so the video could be used as a resource for parent’s education.  The Pulaski Coalition also asked Beth to prepare a similar presentation on the children’s education level so it could be used as a teaching aid for kids.

Beth has also worked on a pilot program for STRHS Lawrenceburg and Pulaski which is built to reduce the number of opioids given in the Emergency Departments.  Both hospitals have exceeded their goals on reduction of narcotics by using the new pain pathways she helped put into place.

Beth has been a STRHS Lawrenceburg employee for 15 years.  She and husband, Josh have four daughters and a new baby boy.