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MAPLE Award Recipients

Posted on August 19, 2019

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. Dot Purkey just recently was awarded the MAPLE award for July 2019, but we would also like to share our other employees who have received this award this year.

Dot Purkey

Dot receives the July 2019 MAPLE award.

Dot Purkey works in Environmental Services at MHHS as a housekeeper. She has been at MHHS almost nine years having worked in both housekeeping and dietary, though mostly housekeeping. Dot received multiple nominations for the MAPLE award and received the award for July 2019.

Dot chose to work at MHHS because she wanted a place where she could work until retirement. She previously had worked at several plants that had shut down. Her goal at MHHS is to the best she can in her job. She entered into environmental services when the position opened and she also needed a job. Her inspiration for what she does is definitely the people. She loves helping patients and leaving them with a clean and healthy room. 

Dot was raised in Grainger County but has lived in Morristown for 25 years. Her greatest accomplishment is her son. She is very proud of him. Dot said that the MAPLE award made her feel special and it meant a lot to her that people cared enough to nominate her. She would like to thank everyone for the good things they said about her. She wanted to thank Scotty, her manager, for giving her the opportunity to work with him and the other housekeepers. She also wanted to thank the Labor & Delivery as well as 2-South staff for letting her be apart of their work family. 

Cristi Winstead

Cristi receives the May 2019 MAPLE award.

Cristi Winstead works in Admissions and Registration. She has worked at MHHS eleven and a half years. Cristi received the MAPLE award for May 2019. 

Cristi chose to work at MHHS because her sister started working here years before and she saw what an excellent place it was to work. Her goals while working at MHHS are taking care of people and making them feel special. She stated that patients can be nervous about having a procedure done, and she likes to reassure them. Cristi’s inspiration for what she does is being able to see the patients’ eyes light up when they see you again and seeing their fears go away. 

Cristi is from Rogersville and got into her line of work after her plant closure. She went to Tennessee Technology center and changed careers. She said it was the best thing she ever did. Cristi’s greatest accomplishment is being able to increase point of service for the hospital. After loosing her son in February, she said this position has brought her a purpose in life. A reason to get up in the morning. The MAPLE award is very special to Cristi. She feels like her patients see her as family. She is someone to talk to about their feelings and family. 

Kristie Noble

Kristie receives March 2019 MAPLE award.

Kristie Noble works as a Pharmacist at MHHS. She has worked here over nine and a half years. Kristie received the MAPLE award for March 2019. 

Kristie chose to work at MHHS because it offered her the opportunity to work with people and patients in her community. Her goals at MHHS are for the patients to come first, to keep them safe, and to keep the mission of Covenant Health everyday she works. Her inspiration for what she does is God, which she is thankful He has given her the ability to use her skills as a pharmacist to help patients. She is inspired by seeing first hand the impact a pharmacist can have in the hospital setting. 

Kristie is from Morristown and entered her line of work from attending Samford University. She has two degrees, a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems as well as Doctor of Pharmacy. Kristie’s greatest accomplishment is a great privilege, actually. It is that she is able to talk with patients and work with the staff knowing she makes a difference. She would like to mention and thank the support of her family. Her husband and two children who she loves with all her heart. The MAPLE award means a lot to Kristie. She said it is a blessing that the work she does, especially keeping the patients safe, is recognized. 

Keith Seal

Keith Seal receives February 2019 MAPLE award.

Keith Seal is a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) in the Heart, Lung, and Vascular Cath Lab at MHHS. He has worked here over two years. Keith received the MAPLE award in February 2019. 

Keith chose to work at MHHS because he was born and raised in the area and this job gives him the opportunity to help his friends and neighbors. His goal at MHHS is pursuing his RN license at Walters State and he plans on staying in the Cath Lab to help his team. His inspiration for what he does is people. He likes to help people and says he is a people person. Being able to make someone’s day a little better even if they are having one the worst days of their life is inspiration. 

Keith is from Sneedville and got into his line of work by obtaining an A.A.S. in Cardiovascular Technology from Northeast State. He started in nursing school there, and became interested in his current field afterwards. His greatest accomplishment would be his family-wife Joellyn and son Graham. Regarding the MAPLE award, Keith said it is nice to be recognized for hard work. He said he will keep working to provide better care for his patients. 


More about the MAPLE Award:

The MAPLE Award was established in 2018 by the Patient Family Partnership Council with 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 

MAPLE Award Nomination Criteria

M – Marvelous

A – Ancillary

P – People

L – Leading

E –  Excellence        

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