Scott Memorial Health Names 2020 Mercy Award Winner

August 13, 2020

Scott Memorial Health recently announced that Erica Howell 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 Scott Memorial Health, 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 Martin Padgett, CEO of Scott Memorial Health. “We are extremely proud to recognize Erica 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.”

Erica exemplifies each of these attributes and so much more. In the words of one nominator, “Erica is the heart of Med 3, she keeps us pumped up to provide excellent patient care and to respect and value each other.” Erica has worked for Scott Memorial Health for nearly 18 years.  She began her career at Scott while in nursing school as a nurse extern. During that time, she assisted the nurse, became a skilled nursing technician and unit secretary. Erica has learned nursing from the ground floor. After graduation from college, she continued on as a staff nurse where she mastered her talent as a medical surgical and ICU nurse. In addition to her responsibilities at the hospital, Erica volunteers her services in the community. She is a member of the Shelter for the Sheep Church in Austin, IN. She has focused her church ministry towards children and she teaches Sunday School, Bible School, Vacation Bible School and coordinates children’s events and activities.

Each hospital winner, including Erica, 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 Judy and all hospital winners are invited to attend.