Logan Memorial Hospital Names 2020 Mercy Award Winner

July 21, 2020

Russellville, KY (July 21, 2020) – Logan Memorial Hospital recently announced that Dana Atkinson has been recognized as the hospital’s 2020 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.

The Mercy Award is an annual recognition program established in 2002 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.

“At Logan Memorial Hospital, we share LifePoint’s commitment to making communities healthier, and we recognize this is supported by the good work and service of our employees on and off the job,” said David Brash, CEO of Logan Memorial Hospital.  “We are extremely proud to recognize Dana for her efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. She goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person she encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion.”

Dana Atkinson is Director of Surgery at Logan Memorial Hospital and a perfect example of the spirit and values of which the company was founded upon. Dana has worked at Logan Memorial Hospital for 13 years and has led the surgery department for the past eight years. “I can safely say that she always embodies the Scott Mercy philosophy of dedication to career, family, and personal development while consistently giving back to the community”, said Adam Ellis, MD. Dana’s passion for nursing can be seen daily whether she is prepping patients for surgery, helping with recovery in the PACU or at her desk. Kelsey Baker, RN said, “We have a very close knit team that works together every day. Dana is always willing to step in and help however and whenever needed. Her position as director does not keep her away from her love and passion for hands on nursing.”

In addition to her role at the hospital, Dana is a wife, mother to three children, a caregiver to her elderly parents and an active member of her church community. She participates in local charity outreach through the Annie Armstrong mission, teaches Sunday school for children and funds a backyard bible club for adults. One of her greatest joys in the fall is her pumpkin patch.  Dana loves to invite families to join her on the farm to pick pumpkins and enjoy other activities at no cost.  Fall is not the only season you can find her giving locally, every Christmas season she leads and encourages her department in the adoption of an “Angel” off of the local schools angel tree.  On a broader level, she donates to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, supports the Federal Indian Health Service program and medical mission trips to Honduras, Haiti and Ecuador.  “I believe it is safe to say that whether you are a patient in the LMH recovery room, a Logan County community member, or a member of our society at large, there is a very good chance that your life has been touched (and improved) by Dana Atkinson, who is the quintessential champion of Scott Mercy's principles of leading a balanced life while influencing others in a consistently positive manner through dedicated leadership,” said Dr. Ellis on Dana receiving the 2020 Mercy Award.

Each hospital winner, including Dana, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2020 companywide Mercy Award. The companywide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., in October, to which Dana and all hospital winners are invited to attend.