For the first time since the inception of Ellisville State School’s Medical Services Employee of the Year Award, two recipients were chosen for the honor.
ESS dentist, Dr. Paul Hathorn, and radiologic technologist, Kelly Thibodeaux, were named the 2017 Employees of the Year. The award honors a member of the medical staff who has shown exemplary dedication to the job and the persons served by Ellisville State School. Employees vote on who they think should receive the award and the winner is announced at a luncheon. This year, for the first time in the event’s six-year history, there was a tie.
Hathorn and Thibodeaux were surprised to be recognized by their coworkers. “I enjoy working with all of you,” Hathorn said. “Thank you.”
Thibodeaux, who has been employed by South Central Regional Medical Center for the sixteen years and working as a contractual employee at Ellisville State School for the last thirteen, was especially surprised by the honor. “I never thought that I would ever be in the category to be voted on,” she explained. “I was very surprised. Very honored.”
“You have always made me feel like a part of this family,” she told her coworkers as she accepted the award.
Kelly Thibodeaux says that she loves her job and her coworkers. But, for her, there is another, more personal aspect to working at ESS.
“I have a special needs son,” she explained. “I believe this (job) was God’s way of preparing me for him.”
Dr. Michael Brooks, director of medical services at ESS and the organizer of the event, praised the work of both Hathorn and Thibodeaux. “The number one criteria for winning this award is dedication,” he said. Brooks added that both Hathorn and Thibodeaux have demonstrated their dedication to the people served by Ellisville State School.