WCCH Mercy Award Recipient - Deena Cress

April 17, 2014

Wythe County Community Hospital is proud to announce that Deena Cress, MSW is named the 2014 Mercy Award Recipient.  The annual Mercy Award is voted upon by peers and given to a deserving hospital employee who best exemplifies the values and spirit of LifePoint’s former CEO, Scott L. Mercy.  

Established in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, founding Chairman and CEO of LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., Wythe County Community Hospital’s parent company, the Mercy Award is the highest honor an employee can receive. The annual award recognizes one hospital employee who best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded. 

Deena was one of several employees nominated for this most prestigious award.  Deena is a dedicated hospice medical social worker who always goes above and beyond the call of duty to serve our patients and the community.  Deena has been a social worker with Hospice of Southwest Virginia, a service of Wythe County Community Hospital for over 17 years.  Among  her many duties as a social worker, Deena delivers compassionate, high quality care and treats every family with dignity, respect, and provides individualized care plans and services to all of her clients.  She provides many community resources to help families in need.  She provides grief support services for Lutheran Family Services in Wythe County and is a certified perinatal loss specialist. Deena serves on the Ethics Committee and Palliative Care Team at WCCH.   She has a Masters of Social Work from Radford University.  She is one of the organizers for Hospice of Southwest Virginia’s, Camp Wishing Well, a day camp held each year for children who have experienced the loss of a close family member, helping them explore their emotions and feelings in a safe environment. Deena is an adjunct professor for the Waldron School of Social Work for Radford University and is an inspiration to students who are interested in pursuing a career in hospice social work.

“LifePoint Hospitals is committed to delivering the highest quality patient care possible. We are extremely proud to recognize Deena Cress for her efforts on behalf of our patients and our community,” said Tim Bess, WCCH CEO.  “Her exemplary work and compassion set a high standard for healthcare professionals. We are proud to have Deena as part of our employee family. Undoubtedly, our patients benefit from the kind of commitment to excellence and to humanitarian concerns she demonstrates each day.”

This honor puts Deena in the running for LifePoint Hospitals’ 2013 company-wide Mercy Award. The company-wide winner will be honored at a ceremony during LifePoint’s Senior Leadership Retreat.