John Keegan, military historian, once said “Soldiers, when committed to a task, can’t compromise. It’s unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, absolute loyalty to others, not letting a task go until it’s done.” While our calling may be different, we share many of the same borne by those who whose devotion to service and mission represent the highest possible standards. In our case, we exist to consistently deliver exceptional health care by demonstrating the values of Service, Teamwork, Accountability, Respect and Safe Care. This week’s Hugh Chatham Way Highlight focuses on someone whose deep loyalty, natural service orientation, and impeccable ambassadorship in the community the organization is truly exceptional. Join me in recognizing Senior Administrative Assistant, Vicky Tysor – a reliable, diligent team member and, to so many, a dear friend.

Amanda Atkinson, the Administrative Assistant for Nursing Administration, quotes, “Vicky has been my rock and partner in crime for over ten years. She is efficient, knowledgeable, and one of the most caring people I have ever met. If you don’t know the answer, she either has it or knows where to get it. Hugh Chatham wouldn’t be the same without her.“

Patricia Wagoner, Foundation/Volunteer Services Director, adds to this sentiment by saying, “ I have known Vicky throughout my 17 years at Hugh Chatham. She is a caring professional with a wealth of knowledge. She is genuine, compassionate, and is always willing to help in any way. She is always there with a listening ear for a co-worker who needs advice. Vicky is a true example of the Hugh Chatham Way.”

Thank you, Vicky, for your unwavering devotion and for choosing to share your natural gifts here at Hugh Chatham. We appreciate you!


Q & A with Vicky

How did you come to Hugh Chatham?
Shortly after my family moved to Elkin, the Administrative Assistant position came open.  I had worked at Baptist as a temp in my early twenties and loved the hospital environment.  When I came here 25 years ago, I knew I was home!

What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love working with my excellent board that works hard to ensure we remain an incredible, independent community hospital. I love the environment, the energy, and even the chaos that we deal with from time to time.

How do you and your team exhibit STARS?
We go above and beyond daily with whatever we are doing, and every day is different.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love spending time with my husband and our fur babies. I enjoy hiking and getting outside with my grandchildren.


Vicky Tysor was nominated by Paul Hammes.