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MAPLE Award Recipient – Mike Wilcox

Posted on July 6, 2021

At Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System (MHHS), we honor our staff who provide extraordinary care with The MAPLE Award, a locally created recognition program that celebrates the compassion and skills our staff bring to patients and families every day. Mike Wilcox was our June Maple Award recipient. 

Mike works in our maintenance department as a Senior Maintenance Technician and has worked at MHHS for four years. Mike was born and raised in Whitesburg, Kentucky. “A small coal mining community in the south east corner of the state,” is where Mike calls home.

He chose to work at MHHS because he enjoys working with both the public and the healthcare field. “Covenant Health has a great reputation and I have found out first hand that to be true,” says Mike. “It is a personal satisfaction for me to do the work I do at MHHS along with the amazing people that I have the pleasure of working with.”

Mike began his career by attending Technician College in Kentucky to receive his training. He later received his Master Electrician license. His goal in working at MHHS is to help as many people as he can each and every day while continuing to grow the friendships he has created along the way.

When asked what his biggest accomplishment is, Mike says, “I spent 25 years as a volunteer firefighter and worked very hard to obtain my certification. On top of that, I received my national certification as a fire/arson/explosive investigator.”

Mike wanted to show appreciation to his family. “I have a great family that I am extremely close to. I have a very special bond with my great-niece Kynlee. She calls me ‘bubby’ and has me wrapped around her finger.”

Receiving the MAPLE award was a surprise for Mike and one that he was so grateful for. “I was not expecting to receive this award. There are so many other people that I believe deserved this over me. I am so thankful to have this job and work at a place surrounded by so many wonderful people. I was honored to be nominated for the Maple Award. I could not have chosen a better place to work than MHHS.”

More about the MAPLE Award:

The MAPLE Award was established in 2018 by the Patient Family Partnership Council consists of patients of our hospital and their family members who have united to develop programs that further the hospital’s mission.  They created the MAPLE Award to recognize staff who are not nurses, but make a big difference in the lives of so many people. You can nominate an ancillary staff member by visiting