Regina Barkley of Sycamore Shoals Hospital receives Ballad’s 2023 Servant’s Heart Award

Published 10:52 am Wednesday, January 24, 2024

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Regina Barkley, emergency department manager at Sycamore Shoals Hospital, is a 2023 winner of the Scott and Nikki Niswonger Servant’s Heart Award. Ballard officials said “Regina stands out – for all the right reasons. As emergency department manager, she is a leader who willingly steps into the trenches, a colleague who readily extends a helping hand and a friend whose care for her team is unmistakable.”
“Regina is known for her willingness to take on anything to ensure patients receive the care they need. She has built a reputation for doing whatever it takes to support her team and maintain the hospital’s high standards of patient care. And when extra hands are needed, she readily picks up additional shifts,” Ballad officials said.
Her superiors and co-workers noted that working around the clock is not unusual for Regina. “Her extraordinary hours serve as a testament to her unwavering commitment. Yet, it is not just her dedication to her work that makes Regina exceptional; it is also her kindness and care.
Her compassionate spirit reaches outside the hospital’s walls. As she actively serves the Elizabethton community through her church. Consistently present, she offers a helping hand, support and assistance wherever it is needed. She applies that same approach to her nursing career, so her work, leadership and community service all reflect her huge heart and willingness to help others.
“Regina Barkley is more than just a manager; she embodies the roles of a nurse, a leader, a confidante, a community servant and a lifeline to her team and patients. Her deep commitment to her work, her team and her community is not only admirable, but also inspiring. She serves as a testament to the power of dedication, compassion and selflessness in healthcare.
“Regina’s tireless work ethic, unselfish care and dedication to the community make her an undeniable Healthcare Hero. In a field known to be intense, Regina Barkley not only confronts every challenge head-on but also does so with a smile, kindness and an unwavering commitment that leaves a lasting impression,” said Ballad Health officials.

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