Associate Excellence: Judy Leverette Received the Great Circle of Faith Award
May 23rd 2017
Judy Leverette recently received the Great Circle of Faith Award which recognizes Saint Thomas Health employees who go above and beyond in their jobs to demonstrate the Core Values of the Saint Thomas Health Ministry.
Judy understands very well that the patients she works with every day are going through the worst time of their lives. A cancer patient herself, she really does get it.
“I always ask myself, ‘how do I want to be cared for? How do I want my family members to be cared for?’, and then that’s what I try to do,” she said.
The patients she sees are facing important life questions, and they need answers. Judy works to provide them with those answers in the areas of symptom management, pain management, advance directives, the goals of their care, and hospice.
“I first look for common ground,” she said. “I want to create a bond and build trust so we can ease into what’s going on and how we can help.” Judy wants each patient to know everything they want to know about their illness and possible next steps so their wishes can be honored.
She first learned about Palliative Care in 2009, shortly after earning her Master’s degree as a nurse practitioner.
“The whole area of care intrigued me, and I thought I would be good at it.”
Soon, Judy learned there was an opening at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, and she applied for the job in mid-2010.
She loves providing care in her hometown. “I’ve lived here most of my life,” she said. Judy graduated from Oakland High School and Middle Tennessee State University. Her husband, Doug, is a paramedic supervisor with Rutherford County Emergency Management Services.
“I know serious illness can test you completely, even your faith. We understand. We are here to provide love, care and support for people no matter what."
It is people like Judy Leverette who are recognized for their deep caring, compassion and hard work at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.
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In Tennessee, Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health operates nine hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities that cover a 68-county area and employ more than 8,000 associates. Across the state, Saint Thomas Health provided more than $78 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Tennessee for 15 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.sthealth.com.