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Karlie Belle Price
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MADISON — Boone Memorial Hospital would like to recognize the recipient of the 2013 James F. Trusley Employee of the Year Award – Stuard “Stu” Haugen.

Hard-working, considerate and caring are a few of the many words used to describe Stu. He currently resides in Verdunville in Logan County and has worked as a Nurse at Boone Memorial Hospital for 7 years. Stu is an Emergency Room Nurse and evening shift supervisor.

Prior to his current role as Nurse Supervisor, Stu was an ER Staff Nurse.

He is known for his great work ethic and skill.

“Stu is a great team leader. He is a very caring person and a good nurse,” said Teresa Meade, RN BSN, Chief Clinical Officer/Executive Director of Support Services at BMH.

Stu has a Nursing Degree from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Some of his job duties at BMH include treating patients and supervising the evening shift nursing staff.

“It’s a challenge but I really enjoy it,” said Stu.

Stu is a great nurse and is respected by his colleagues. Coworkers agree he has a way of making patients and employees laugh.

“He is always willing to help and has a great bedside manner. Everyone likes him and he has a great sense of humor,” said Missy A. Mathis, RN, co-worker and friend.

Stu said the favorite part of his job is the people.

“I enjoy working with people and helping those in need.”

When Stu isn’t busy working at BMH he enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time with his wife Glenna. Stu has also been in church for 15 years.

“Glenna and I have been married 20 wonderful years,” he said. “We have seven children; Amber, 23, Britney, 22, Michael, 19, Courtney, 18, Mitch, 17, Madison, 7 and Abigail, 4. I really love my family.”

Glenna explains how the happy couple met.

“Stu and I met at Williamson Memorial Hospital where I was a CNA and he was an EMT on the local EMS crew. We started dating on 4-7-91 and got married on 4-10-93. We worked hard and put each other through each step of school. I was in LPN school when we got together, then he went and got his Paramedic, then I went for my RN degree and he followed. We took turns,” she laughed. “We also adopted three of our seven children in 2000 after being foster parents for two years.”

Glenna also told us that in addition to fishing and hunting Stu loves to watch sports on TV. He also enjoys watching shows like American Idol, The Voice, American Pickers, Pawn Stars and Storage Wars with his current favorite being Duck Dynasty.

“He gets very involved with the girls playing soccer or basketball. He has coached them in softball and basketball,” said Glenna. “He loves to go camping and enjoys our place in TN on Douglas Lake. Stu passed his Paramedic written and practical’s on the first try making him one of the first who had ever achieved that in Mingo County. He graduated the top of his class from Marshall University’s Medic class in 1996 and was class President of his RN class at SWVCTC in 2006,” Glenna adds.

Stu is active in his church and has taught primarily teens taking them on a Mission Trip to Gallup New Mexico and to Winterfest in Knoxville, TN on multiple occasions. He preaches every third Wednesday at his home church - Abundant Life Worship Center. Stu is on the Pastor’s Council and is over their Imagine team and has also been a camp counselor.

Stu is certified in PALS – Pediatric Advanced Life Support, ACLS – Advanced Cardiac Life Support and is a CPR Instructor. He also received Employee of the Month in July 2012.

Stu was honored with a designated prime parking space during the entire month of May and free lunch for the entire year. His picture and a recognition plaque is displayed in the front lobby at BMH and he also received a nice plaque to display in his home or office.

Stu was so honored to receive the award.

“I was speechless when they called my name for Employee of the Year and for everyone who knows me, that’s saying something. I think it’s a great honor to receive this award because you are recognized by your fellow coworkers. I enjoy working at BMH because it’s more like a family environment instead of work. I’m also excited about the new hospital; it’s been a long time coming. I know our CEO, Tommy Mullins has worked hard to make this happen for Boone County. I’m looking forward to many more years to come here.”

Fellow co-workers truly value Stu for his hard work and dedication to BMH.

Terri Dolin, RN and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer said, “Stu is a very caring and dedicated nurse. As an evening shift supervisor, Stu goes above and beyond to support processes geared at providing the best care possible for those in need. Earning his instructor card in CPR, ACLS and PALS allows him to be part of the education team to provide courses for other staff. We’re very fortunate to have him as part of our nursing team.”

His wife Glenna concluded by saying, “I have worked with him at BMH for 8yrs and I have taught him everything he knows,” she joked. “Seriously, he is a wonderful coworker. He is very knowledgeable, kind, outgoing, approachable, sensitive to patients of all ages and he stays very calm in a CODE or Trauma situation. I know the night shift Doctors really loved him and hated it when he came to day shift prior to him taking the supervising position. Of course I have heard nothing but good things about him and his work ethic. He is an awesome help in a code or emergency situation, and I say that because I truly believe it, not just because he is my husband. Others have also told me that he does not leave when all of the excitement is gone and will stay until the job is done. I think he is very deserving of this award. No one sees what I see and how much time and effort he gives to BMH. He goes above and beyond often getting calls at home when he is not on call, often working swing shifts just to help out. I truly can’t think of anyone who would deserve this more. I feel deeply honored to be his wife, coworker and fellow Christian.”

Each year staff at BMH is asked to nominate someone for Employee of the Year. Based on various comments and nominations for Stu, CEO Tommy Mullins shared this nomination letter at the Annual BMH Employee Award’s Banquet held on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 where Stu received his award: James F. Trusley Award Employee of the Year

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of this year’s recipient is kindness. Others may say they are a leader, yet some may say they are caring, but I think all will agree that they are well deserving of this prestigious award.

Like many who come through the doors of Boone Memorial Hospital, they may come in one capacity and may leave later in life in another capacity of their job. I see this year’s James F. Trusley Award recipient as one who wants to become the best that they can be in whatever capacity that they serve.

Even though there are many titles that can be bestowed upon them, one of them is Commander. Yes, that’s right, today we called him Commander.

This year’s James F. Trusley Award of Excellence goes to…STUARD HAUGEN

Congratulations Stu! We are proud of you!

BMH Administration, Staff, Patients and Board of Directors

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