2019 Employee Awards Banquet

(Pooler, Georgia) March 14, 2019— Living up to their “Our People Matter” mantra, Effingham Health System honored over 70 employees during their 2019 Employee Appreciation Banquet. Stephanie Riggin, Health Information Management Coordinator,, was honored as Employee of the Year. Outstanding Service Awards went to Ashley Mitchell (department), Marilou Howe (department), and Richie Burns (department). The annual ceremony honors excellence and service from across the entire healthcare system, which employs approximately 450 people.

“The people we are recognizing today, exemplify our mission: to provide every patient an experience of compassion, quality care, and service excellence at its highest level of customer expectation,” says CEO Fran Baker-Witt. “But they are also in tune to our vision for the future— to achieve customer and industry recognition while providing the highest potential health outcomes for the patients we serve.”

Effingham Health System also conferred Pillar Awards (for Quality, Patient Experience, Financial Performance, and Strategic Growth), Leadership Awards, and Service Awards for notable anniversaries.

Among those recognized for extended service with Effingham Health System was Bertha Scott, Manager Nursing Home Staff Development,, who was recognized for 45 years with EHS.

See our photo gallery of Award Recipients.

EHS 2019 Employee Appreciation Awards


Employee of the Year

Stephanie Riggin, Health Information Management Coordinator


Outstanding Service Awards

Ashley Mitchell (IT)

Marilou Howe (Nutritional Services)

Richie Burns (Engineering)


Pillar Awards: Quality

Effingham Hospital Staff: for achieving a CMS four-star rating for second year in a row. Accepting: Nancy Fleming, Jennifer Floyd, and Dr. John Bennett.


Effingham Care Center Staff: for achieving a CMS four-star rating for second consecutive year. Accepting: Susan Collins and Christie Lumpkin.


Pillar Awards: Patient Experience

Effingham Family Medicine and Pediatrics Practices: in Goshen, Guyton, Pt. Wentworth, Rincon, and Springfield: for achieving 97.8% patient satisfaction scores for the last two years. Accepting: Kathy Sydow and Maggie Palmer.


 Pillar Awards: Financial Performance

Financial Services Department. Accepting: Al Allred.


Pillar Awards: Strategic Growth 

Foundation. Accepting: Marie Murphy.

Surgical Services. Accepting: Nancy Flemming, Tim Brantley, and Dr. Alexander Wynn.


Leadership Awards

Katrina Martin

Nancy Flemming

ZT Howard

Donyetta Tolbert

Ty Hall

Karen Anderson

Karen Harden-O’Neal

Matt Moore

Katheryn Appleton

Joe Tallent

Kevin Sherman


Service Awards

45 Year Service Awards

Bertha Scott

30 Year Service Awards

Tonya Hester

25 Year Service Awards

Linda Roberts

Beatrice Smart

Patricia Williams

20 Year Service Awards

Ricky Davis

15 Year Service Awards

Retha Hamilton

Brenda Hargrove

Ingrid Hill

Mary Hubbard

Laura Stewart

Katina Wright

10Year Service Awards

Carol Brannen

Laura Callaway

Shari Dasher

Debra Goldwire

Rochelle Grant

Cheanease Hall

Charles Klein

Jamie Mercer

Evelyn Moody

Jeanette Pinkney

Melissa Strickland

Charlotte Stone

Joseph Tallent

Teri Wilson

5 Year Service Awards

Jessica Abel

Jennifer Barnard

Sheena Blair

John Bennett, MD

Dana Cates

Susan Collins

Trakea Collins

Krystle Frost Diamond

David Exley

Jennifer Golden

Corinne Hudson

Angela Lewis

Marie Murphy

Maggy Palmer

Suzanne Parr

Patricia Quigley

Angela Rish

Andrew Robinson

Claude Sanks, III, MD

Terresha Smalls

Angel Thomas

Donyetta Tolbert

Barbara Waldron

Iris Williams