McDuffie Regional Medical Center is going to miss its Golden Heart Award winner for August.
Lt. Chris Johnson is an RN on the MRMC Emergency Department staff, and he was scheduled to be deployed to Iraq in August as a part of the Army's medical corps.
Lt. Johnson worked for Burke County as a fireman and paramedic, and McDuffie County as a volunteer fireman. He began his career at MRMC on July 19, 1999, as a paramedic in EMS and a PCT in the Emergency Department. He began studying for his RN license, and became an RN in the Emergency Department. His co-workers said Lt. Johnson has contributed many hours of care for our patients and to the community.
During his time in the MRMC EMS department, his co-workers never saw him in a bad mood, despite pressures of attending RN school and working as a fireman. Lt. Johnson has a unique way of making patients feel at ease, even during the most traumatic situations. Besides delivering great care to his patients, he always kept things lively around the EMS department by bringing laughter and happiness to every staff member.
"We will all miss seeing his smiling face and contagious humor while he is serving his country in Iraq," said Tim Edwards, director of EMS. "His skills are seriously in short supply there. He will be an immense asset to the US Iraq war effort. All our EMS staff will keep Chris in our thoughts and prayers as he deploys to Iraq. We all stand ready to welcome him back into our lives upon his return and wish him all the success he so richly deserves."
MRMC CEO Douglas Keir offered a special message for Lt. Johnson.
"It has been an honor to have you work with us these last eight years and as a Vietnam Vet, I wish you the very best and a safe return to your family and proud country," Mr. Keir said. "God bless you each minute of each day you are away and God bless your loved ones."
Michael Hogue, Clinical Coordinator of ED, said Lt. Johnson would be missed in the emergency room.
"Chris has been one of the most respected and loved nurses in this department," he said. "His commitment to nursing excellence and his compassion for the people we treat cannot be matched. We will always think of Chris as a part of the ER family and we want him to know that he will always have a place here."
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