Hugh Chatham is a representation of its people – kind and dedicated, giving their talent and whole heart to our patients, fellow team members, and to our community. This week’s Hugh Chatham Way Highlight celebrates a friend to all – someone who smiles because she wants to, warmly acknowledging every employee and visitor, every time. Her welcoming nature instantly uplifts another person’s day in a matter of seconds. I’m delighted to recognize this week’s Hugh Chatham Way HighlightCrystal Sparks.

Katee Hettleman, Operations Manager for Food & Nutrition Services, said “Crystal is a bright ray of sunshine. One of her key characteristics is that she is consistently kind, generous, and someone who is always willing to help all. Crystal goes above and beyond for everyone she encounters whether this be a patient or co-worker. She is always ready to serve. She looks for ways to make your day better and is truly a gift to the people around her.”

Crystal naturally embodies our core values of Service, Teamwork, Accountability, Respect, and Safe Care; cheerfully going about her day’s work, and always willing to step up and provide a helping hand to anyone in need. She positively communicates with others and collaborates with her team members to ensure success.

Thank you, Crystal, for showing up each day for our patients and team members, lifting our spirits, and making anyone who enters the Hugh Chatham Café feel like a most special guest.

– Paul

Q & A with Crystal

How did you come to Hugh Chatham?
“I have a friend who has family in Elkin and she told me about the job. Initially, the listing was for Parkwood Place, but when I arrived for my interview, Alfreda explained that the only thing available was in the cafeteria. I told her that sounded great, and the next day, I was hired! It was definitely meant to be.”

How did you get started in the food industry?
“I have been in the industry since I was 16. I moved from restaurant to retail and went back and forth a few times. To be honest, I was ready for a change so I came back to the food industry.”

How does your team exemplify STARS?
“This is an excellent place that’s centered around teamwork and there are no better people to work with. Everyone in the kitchen helps you out with whatever you need. I think everyone I work with is a STAR; we all work really well together. I love Hugh Chatham, and I am glad I switched to where I am now.”

What do you like to do for fun?
“I like to spend time with my grandchildren, and I have another one on the way in September. I enjoy going to the beach, hiking and generally being outside.”


Crystal Sparks was nominated by Paul Hammes.