Roscoe Mitchell, the famous Jazz artist, once said, “What I try to impart to a musician is to really try to practice the instrument in a really sincere way. Learn as much as you possibly can. Learn composition. Study to try to create compositions of your own and put your own personal touch on your music.” At Hugh Chatham, our People deliver one of a kind experiences for our patients and visitors, proactively identifying and acting on their needs, creating big moments out of small gestures. This week’s Hugh Chatham Way Highlight team member inspires us to take just a little more time in our day to pause for a warm greeting, and no matter how busy we may be, put the needs of those we serve ahead of our own. Join me in celebrating Sodexo Food and Nutrition Services’ own Tommie Martin.

Sodexo HR Manager, Alfreda Abrams, said “Tommie is kind hearted, considerate, and an empathetic person. She always wants to know how she can help others and she is a joy to work with because of her positive personality and good sense of humor. It is common while Tommie is providing food to talk with patients for a few minutes. She checks in on them, asks about their family and how they are feeling. In a brief interaction, she can make them feel valued and unique. Some patients do not receive guests, so for someone to care about their well-being, it truly makes the most of our patient’s visits with us.”

Simple gestures can truly impact the lives of others. Tommie naturally embodies our core values of Service, Teamwork, Accountability, Respect, and Safe Care (STARS) by going the extra mile for our patients and guests, creating quality moments through simple acts of kindness. Thank you, Tommie, for embracing our values and transforming them into an experience – the Hugh Chatham Way.

– Paul

Q & A with Tommie

How did you come to Hugh Chatham?
My sister recommended me, and she told me Hugh Chatham was an excellent place to work. I have now been here about 26 years ago.

How did you get into the food industry?
I have been in the food industry since I was 16 years old. I have been in it all my life.

How do you and your team exhibit STARS?
We work together, and if anybody needs anything, we bring them what they need. It is all about teamwork.

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy traveling to the beach. Any beach is fine with me as long as I have sand in my toes and the ocean air.


Tommie Martin was nominated by Paul Hammes.