The Servant’s Heart Award

As we strive to deepen the culture of loving care, we seek to recognize those who demonstrate a deep, natural compassion for others in words and deeds. Nominate a coworker for the Servant’s Heart Award by filling out the form below.

Congratulations to our January 2019 Servant’s Heart Recipients

Physician Caregiver

David Shrader, MD, Pulmonologist 

“I once read the following quote: ‘A meaningful life is not about being rich, being popular, being highly educated or being perfect. It is about being real, being humble, being strong and being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others.’ Dr. Shrader is just that humble, kind, and caring person. In the many years that I have worked with him, he has touched so many lives in so many positive ways. This is a note from a patient: ‘Dr. Shrader, We want to thank you for spending so much of your time with us explaining the issues that are going on.’

“I also received a call from a patient who wanted speak to Dr. Shrader. I later found out when Dr. Shrader saw a patient who drove from Montpelier to see him, the patient didn’t have any gas money to make it back home. Dr. Shrader was so kind and gave the patient money for gas. The patient told me how grateful he was and wanted to repay him. After speaking to Dr. Shrader, he asked me to please call the patient back and let them know not to worry and to get better.

“Dr. Shrader thank you for making the world a better place. He truly has a Servant’s Heart, and I am honored to work along with such a caring soul.”

Nurse Caregiver

Bruce Anavitate, Registered Nurse

“Bruce had a patient who was discharged from the hospital but was unable to find a ride home. It was later at night and not many transportation options were available. The patient was very worried about being able to get home to Idaho Falls that night so she could check on her dog. Bruce paid $70 out of pocket to have a taxi take the patient home.” - Tonya Byrd, Registered Nurse

“When I first met Bruce I was immediately impressed with his professional demeanor. He is truly dedicated to his patient’s well-being. He has an innate ability to calm frustrated patients as well as family members. He goes out of his way to assist his coworkers, even when not solicited to do so. He does this willingly so they can spend more time on patient interactions.

“I am reminded of a time, even though he was busy with his other patients, he sat with a patient that was anxious over a new medical regime. He sat in the room speaking with the patient until the patient calmed down and could then be educated on the new medical regimen in a kind and caring manner. Bruce is a fine example of the Golden Rule and a beacon of light for Bingham Memorial. We, and his patients, are very blessed to have him on our team!” - Shelbe Mecham, House Supervisor


Everyone’s a Caregiver

Nicole Sager, Physical Therapist Assistant

“This is difficult because I feel as though I am a mother trying to pick her favorite child. However, one individual stands out this week in my mind for this award. (Please ensure that everyone knows how much I value our Rehab team and ALL the therapists in ensuring our patients get up, move, and progress to a full recovery.) Nicole Sager has gone the extra mile this week.

“We all love a nice, hot shower. A patient that has been with us over a long period finally got one this week. Nicole and my Rehab team have been working with a patient that has been in the hospital for over a month. A patient that cannot walk or barely move can take extra time. During his stay, he received bed baths under our staff care. Last month, Nicole went the extra mile and transported this patient to a shower so he could finally enjoy a nice, hot shower. I can only imagine the extra time, energy, and effort it took for her to get this patient to the shower and ensure his safety as she bathed him. How he must have felt to have a hot shower!

“I am grateful for a therapist that has such a tender heart that she would take the time from her busy day and full caseload to help this patient enjoy a luxury we all take for granted. Thank you Nicole for your empathetic, tender heart!” -Tara Burrell, Director of Rehabilitation

“I have appreciated Nicole informing me if patients are having a birthday or if someone is in need of a haircut. Nicole has ‘presence’ and good observation skills to meet the ‘other important needs of our patients.’” -Michael Harris, Patient Experience Coordinator

Past Recipients