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Top LifePoint award goes to Anagine Burns

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Anagine Burns is this year's Mercy Award recipient. Photo contributed.

The Mercy Award is the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive. It is named in memory of Scott Mercy, LifePoint Hospital's Founding chairman and CEO. Mercy believed that a group of people working together toward a common goal or common vision can accomplish great things. The award commends individuals who consistently go beyond the call of duty in serving patients and community. It recognizes one employee at each hospital who best exemplifies the spirit and values upon which the company was founded. This year's Mercy Award winner is Anagine Burns.

Burns began her career with Rutherford Regional in 1999 when she started out as a housekeeper. While working, she went back to school at Isothermal Community College and received her CNA certification.

After receiving her CNA certification, Anagine became a Mental Health Tech/CNA on the Behavioral Health Unit. Anagine has a positive attitude with her co-workers and a compassion for her patients. You will always see Anagine smiling when you pass her in the hall. In the words of her coworkers, "Anagine is always willing to go above and beyond for our patients and our hospital".

Recently, Anagine battled cancer and has had ongoing treatments, despite that, she still comes to work with a smile on her face and a passion for providing high quality care to the patients. Even through significant personal medical problems she has shown the motivation, courage, dedication, and empathy that is needed.

In her spare time, Anagine is a devoted mother and grandmother. She can often be found working in her garden or cooking up delicious meals for her family. And of course, when she can, she likes to travel to the Philippines.

Anagine is truly valued for everything that she does for patients, the hospital, and her community.

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