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May 23, 2016

Don Shaw receives hospital’s Mercy Award

Fauquier Health Facilities Director Don Shaw coaches youth soccer and raises fund for breast cancer research.
Fauquier Health Facilities Director Don Shaw received the 2016 Mercy Award for his service to hospital patients and the community.

The hospital’s parent company, LifePoint Health established The Mercy Award in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and CEO.

“Mercy Award nominees consistently go beyond the call of duty in serving patients, co-workers and the community,” Fauquier Health said in a press release. “They demonstrate a level of commitment and caring that transcends the everyday, respect the individual in everything they do, and inspire others with compassion, dedication and a merciful spirit.

The award also recognizes someone who has an impact outside of work and makes a difference in the community. A familiar figure on the WARF playing fields, Mr. Shaw coaches teams for the Warrenton Youth Soccer Club. He also raises funds for the Susan G. Komen three-day Race for the Cure and always supports of the annual holiday Adopt-a-Family program.

When Mr. Shaw’s nomination came before the selection committee, its members all had personal stories to share about his work ethic and caring nature. Some of their comments:

• “Don is committed to his job, and leads with character. He is always willing to help others and shows these abilities outside of work as well.”

• “He calmly and effectively demonstrates a ‘can do’ attitude to take care of pressing needs facing the organization and selflessly supports causes that make a difference in people’s lives.”

• “Don is a compassionate and quiet leader who not only cares for Fauquier Health but the families in the community as well. These qualities are demonstrated in his actions at work; through his youth sports coaching; the financial adoption of families during the holidays, and his commitment to seeing breast cancer eradicated.”

• “As a switchboard operator, I work closely with Facilities and Don is always helpful and available with a smile on his face. He is hands-on and works alongside his guys, who I know speak well of him.”

• “Facilities management is such an unheralded part of running a hospital, but so important. His work is behind the scenes, but still well-regarded by the community.”

• “Don’s involvement in the Susan G. Komen breast cancer fundraising race and the health system’s annual adopt-a-family effort exemplify the passion Scott Mercy had for healthy communities.”

• “Don is an active member of the Rewards and Recognition Committee, which sometimes involves thankless jobs at odd hours. Don is always the first to volunteer for those unpopular shifts.”

• “The most common comment I hear about Don is that ‘He’s got my back.’ Whatever the job, his motto is ‘get it done.’ He has earned the respect of his team because when it’s time to ‘get it done,’ he’s right there beside them, making sure they have the help they need.”

Accepting the Mercy Award, Mr. Shaw said: “Just being nominated for the Mercy Award is an honor in itself. All 16 nominees were worthy of winning. To be selected from this group of nominees by a committee of my co-workers and members of the community makes this honor even more rewarding.”

LifePoint Chairman/CEO William F. Carpenter III said, “The Mercy Award is the most important honor we recognize at LifePoint. It represents our culture and our mission of making communities healthier; it honors people, like Don, who go above and beyond to serve others.”

Each LifePoint hospital – including Fauquier Hospital – chooses a Mercy Award recipient. Awardees from all hospitals will be honored at a companywide ceremony in Nashville this summer, when the companywide Mercy Award recipient will be announced.
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