In the Disney movie Hercules, the main character saves the day – and his love – by defeating Hades. Hercules is escorted to Mount Olympus to join his family and celebrated as a hero. Like many true heroes, Hercules is reluctant to accept such praise. In response, his father Zeus said, “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” We have many heroes at Hugh Chatham whose “heart strength” is beyond measure. In the midst of caring for critical COVID-19 patients, they continue to show up, giving all that they have to care for our patients – even when the odds are less than favorable. This week’s Hugh Chatham Way Highlight focuses on a team member in our Intensive Care unit, Kristin Gentry, RN.

Lisa Brady, ICU Nurse Manager said, “Kristin is amazing in all aspects of patient care. She demonstrates her ability to lead and is a role model for others. Kristin is genuine, has deep compassion, and inspires many of us. I could go on and on about her — we are truly lucky to have her here at Hugh Chatham.” Emily Dimmette, CNA in the ICU, says this about Kristin: “Kristin is always willing to help. I know that she always has my back when I need her.”

It is obvious why we refer to our fellow team members as ‘Hugh Chatham Heroes’. They exemplify the highest personal and professional standards, and nothing can stop them from doing what we are here to do: care for each other, our patients, and our community.

Thank you, Kristin, for so selflessly giving your all to our team – each and every day.

– Paul

Q & A with Kristin

How did you come to Hugh Chatham?
I have been at Hugh Chatham since 2013. I started out as an LPN at Hugh Chatham Nursing Center and just worked my way up. I spent some time with Yadkin Valley Home Health and then came to ICU. I have been with Hugh Chatham my entire nursing career.

What do you love about your job?
I truly enjoy getting to know my patients. In ICU, we usually have one nurse to a two-to-three patient ratio, so I’m able to really focus on why they’re here and get to know them and their families. Also, we have a great group of coworkers. Our team is wonderful!

How do you and your team exhibit STARS?
Our team is very respectful of each other. We can look at each other and know what the other needs without even saying a word. We work in some pretty scary situations, and we help each other through it all. We work very well together.

What do you like to do for fun?
I am a mom to a 10-year-old and a 4-year-old. My husband, daughters, and I love to spend time on our boat. We love to visit the beach, the mountains, and we spend a lot of time on the water.


Kristin Gentry was nominated by Kent Thompson.