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Wilson Memorial's Healthcare Worker of the Year

Phyllis Evans, RN, at Wilson Memorial Hospital was recently nominated for the Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) 2012 Albert E. Dykes Healthcare Worker of the Year Award.  Sixty-two nominees, including Evans, from hospitals from across the state will be recognized at the 2012 OHA Recognition Banquet on June 12.

            The Albert E. Dyckes Healthcare Worker of the Year Award is given each year to one Ohio caregiver who personifies a leader who gives back to the community, routinely goes beyond the call of duty and has overcome odds to succeed.  All nominees will be honored at the OHA Recognition Banquet, which is held in conjunction with OHA’s Annual Meeting at the Columbus Hilton at Easton.

Evans was chosen from a number of nominations, all worthy applicants for their service to Wilson and the community.

After Evans graduated from Springfield Community Hospital School of Nursing, she accepted a job at Wilson Memorial Hospital. She is still serving the hospital after 45 years.

“Phyllis is devoted, reliable and capable,” says Dr. Robert J. McDevitt, general surgeon. “She does what she’s supposed to do, but then she does a lot more.”

For the majority of her 45 years at Wilson Memorial she has worked in the surgery department, starting out as a scrub nurse. Over the years she has served as a circulating nurse, prepping patients and getting any additional equipment needed by the surgeon, plus keeping records of the procedures.

In 1992, Evans advanced to become manager of the surgery department. Five years later, in 1997, she accepted her current position as sterile processing/operating room materials manager.

In sterile processing Evans orders special equipment for physicians and negotiates for capital equipment. She also organizes the new physicians that come in – making sure they have everything they need and have their preference cards ready. Preference cards are a listing of all equipment, medications, dressings, any special positioning or any special wants that each physician needs.

Evans grew up on a 240-acre farm and graduated from Fairlawn High School in 1964. After high school she attended and received her diploma in nursing from Springfield Community Hospital School of Nursing. Shortly thereafter, in 1967, she began her 45 year long career at Wilson Memorial.

Thomas Boecker, president and CEO of Wilson Memorial Hospital, has worked with Evans for many of those 45 years and holds her in the highest regard. “Phyllis has seen, and adapted to, much change at Wilson Memorial Hospital,” Boecker said. “But one thing that hasn’t changed over the years is her stability and dependability. Our hospital has been fortunate to have a healthcare worker such as her.”

Evans and her husband, Doug, reside in Anna. The couple has been married for 45 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.