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Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Holds Employee Recognition Program

Contact: Laura Shea

Marketing Director


Brawler. Renegade. Warrior. Not words you would typically use to describe hospital employees. Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center’s employee recognition program, “Claxton Defenders,” shows that these are excellent characteristics in employees to ensure the best care is provided to patients. The following awards were made during a recent awards ceremony.

A Brawler effectively manages challenge and hardship; is strong and confident, and empowers others. The employee recognized as a Brawler was Aliza Armstrong, RN who works in Med/Surg.

A Renegade is a troubleshooter and problem solver; an innovator; and continuously seeks improvement. The employee recognized as a Renegade was Mary Burwell, pharmacy technician supervisor in the Medical Center’s pharmacy.

A Warrior is a team player; is fully engaged in their role; and dependable and has the power to endure. The employee recognized as a Warrior was Ken Hilborne, FNP-C, who works in internal medicine.


Each winner received flowers, a recognition certificate, gift cards, a special parking space, and lunch with Claxton-Hepburn CEO Chuck Gijanto at a restaurant of their choice. New Claxton Defenders will be recognized each quarter. Employees are nominated by co-workers and supervisors. The Claxton Defenders Employee Recognition Program is part of Claxton-Hepburn’s marketing campaign, “Tomorrow is worth defending.”

Additionally, the Medical Center recognized several Care Champions who have been nominated by grateful patients as a provider of outstanding care that went above and beyond the call of duty.

Shown in the photos are the Defender Award recipients. Left to right first photo is Gijanto, Eliza Dusharm, HR generalist; second photo Gijanto, Armstrong and Dusharm; third photo Gijanto, Burwell and Dusharm. In the last photo are the Care Champions present at the ceremony Jessica Morley, Kendall Wilson, and Kacey Blair, with Gijanto and Amanda Hitterman, executive director of the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation.