Greek storyteller Aesop supposedly said “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”  At Hugh Chatham, our amazing team members consciously choose to be kind and compassionate every day. This week’s Hugh Chatham Way Highlight focuses on one of our 2nd Floor Registered Nurses, Bob Hemric, who naturally exhibits our core values of Service and Respect by going the extra mile for his patients, day in and day out.

One of Bob’s fellow team members, who asked to remain anonymous, wanted to share just one example of the ways Bob demonstrates his kindness for others. “Bob Hemric is one of the best nurses here and one of the best I have ever worked with. He goes above and beyond for his patients and always puts them first. He provides exceptional care and does the little things that some people may not think to do. Even when he is busy and crunched for time, his patients would never know. He takes his time with them and is thorough – somehow seemingly never rushed. Recently, a patient wanted regular coffee and all we had on our floor was decaf. Bob found time to go down to the cafeteria and got them regular coffee – not only did he want to take care of the patient’s need, but he also did not want to “put anyone out” – regardless of who’s “job” it might have been. I would love for him to get some recognition for his kindness. He does things like this on a regular basis and everybody has similar stories about how amazing he is. He was born to be a nurse.”

Kelly Velasco, 2nd Floor Clinical Nurse Manager, said “Bob is a respected, compassionate nurse. He goes above and beyond for each patient, as well as each team member. Bob is a tremendous asset to Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and we are so thankful he is a part of our team.”

Thank you, Bob, for doing the small things. Those gestures set us apart and are why people speak so highly of our team. You don’t do it to gain attention, and that’s just part of what makes you so special to our team here at Hugh Chatham. Thank you for you dedication to excellence, and toward serving others!


Q & A with Bob

How did you come to Hugh Chatham?
“I was working for another healthcare facility nearby, but was looking for a better schedule and a better work/life balance.”

What are some of your clinical interests?
“I like caring for all patients, but a lot of my experience has been with rehab, med/surg, and elderly patients.”

How do you and your team exhibit STARS?
“Service and Accountability are important to our team.  I try to make sure our patients’ needs are met in a timely fashion and that makes for a smoother transition when the next shift starts.”

What do you like to do for fun?
“When the weather is nice, I love to ride motorcycles.”


Bob Hemric was nominated by Mary Blackburn.