John Gallaher, EKG tech, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Blessing Hospital, earned the hospital’s 67th Honey Bee award during a surprise presentation on April 19. The Blessing Hospital Honey Bee award recognizes the exceptional service provided by support staff.

John was nominated by a 72-year-old patient to whom he provided care for chest pains.

The nomination read, in part:
“I had a really bad chest pain episode and John came to do another EKG. I was in no shape to do it. I needed to calm down. He was so wonderful, assuring me that he was here and would help me calm down and do everything in his power to help. He hugged me while I was crying with the fear that was crippling me. Just the human contact, and knowing he was there and that I was not alone, made all the difference to me. It took a lot, but soon, I was calm enough to have the test. When he was done, he still did so much to help me relax and feel safe again.”

The nomination continued, “John is a true gem and a testament to the type of people you hire. I encountered many more like him on Blessing Hospital’s Progressive Care Unit. The extra concern, caring, and compassion they showed me made a horribly frightening time for me easier to handle. Everyone was wonderful - from my surgeons, the cardiology people, the dietary staff, and housekeeping. I want to thank them all, but John made such a difference to a 72-year-old lady who was alone and frightened. There are no words to say. Now I know why your facility is called Blessing Hospital.”

Honey Bee award nomination forms are located on all nursing units at Blessing Hospital.