The Barnabas Awards began a couple of years ago, designed by our leadership team to have our employees select the people who, on a quarterly and annual basis, inspire them to be their best by living the values of our Barnabas Culture.
Barnabas, a disciple of Jesus Christ, serves as an example of many attributes necessary for HealthKeeperz to operate as a strong, vibrant, Christ-honoring organization. Our approach to providing the highest standard of community-based health care services to the people of North Carolina, defined as our Barnabas Culture, seeks to promote and recognize HealthKeeperz team members who have served our company, our patients, and our people by being a Barnabas.
Colleagues recognized at our quarterly and annual Barnabas Awards contribute to the HealthKeeperz mission of caring for all people for the glory of God. The ultimate goal of the Barnabas Culture at HealthKeeperz is to build a community of caregivers who are caring, selfless, humble, and encourage their teammates.
In this new series, Portraits of Barnabas, we will highlight the winners of the award. We’ll start with Janet Locklear of our hospice care division, winner of the Barnabas Award for her leadership in the first quarter of this year. Let’s take a look at how Janet Locklear goes about supporting her colleagues, from the words of her teammates themselves—when a Barnabas Award nomination is submitted, the nominator addresses each of the values associated with the award.
Caring: Janet Locklear’s caring personality is indiscriminate, there for all. According to a colleague, her “main concern is that patients, coworkers, and citizens of our communities have the support network they need in a time of crisis. She will not only exhaust herself, but also pull others together to get people the support they need.”
Selfless: Another colleague described Janet’s commitment to others, to her colleagues as well as patients and their families. “Recently Jan, as she often does, sacrificed much of her weekend for a hospice patient and her family. Jan wasn’t on call this weekend, but when the request came for additional assistance, she didn’t hesitate. The patient’s decline was sudden and a tremendous shock for the family. Jan not only came in the middle of the night on a Friday, but also returned Saturday and Sunday night to provide support for the family.
Humble: One of Janet’s colleagues described at least two occasions where Janet coordinated monetary collections for people in need, one for displaced hurricane victims, and another for a pediatric hospice patient’s family. “She was willing to do all the work to collect the money, even working after hours to drive around to people’s homes to collect the money. Janet has never spoken of this as something that she did, but rather something the hospice team did.”
Encouraging: This short quote says it all with regard to Janet’s loving, encouraging spirit: “I know of at least a couple of times that different coworkers reached out to Janet when they were down, because they know that she will listen and encourage them.
The HealthKeeperz family would like to again congratulate Janet Locklear, winner of our Barnabas Award for the first quarter of 2017. Stay tuned to learn more about our previous Barnabas Award winners in the coming months.