Mercy Week (Sept. 21-25) was a celebration of the Sisters of Mercy and the founding of Mercy by Sister Catherine McAuley, who taught her followers to abide by Mercy’s values: excellence, service, justice, dignity and stewardship. Each day, Mercy Fort Smith recognized a co-worker who was nominated by colleagues to receive an award that celebrates each of Mercy’s values.


In addition, on Mercy Day (Sept. 24) Mercy Fort Smith recognized a co-worker with the Lamplighter award, which honors a co-worker who helps "light the way" for others, and a physician with the first Dr. Cole Goodman Lamplighter Award, named for Mercy Fort Smith's retired clinic president. Mercy also recognized 60 years of service by a Sister of Mercy based at Mercy Fort Smith.


The following Mercy Fort Smith co-workers were recognized:


Excellence Award: Bethany Rucker, director of med-surg and patient logistics.


Service Award: Tiffany Sokolowski, ophthalmic assistant with Mercy Clinic Ophthalmology – Fort Smith.


Justice Award: Dominique Rubin, licensed practical nurse at Mercy Clinic Pediatrics – Fort Smith


Dignity Award: Brandon Thomas, registered nurse in the Mercy Fort Smith Emergency Department.


Stewardship Award: Elizabeth Jones, medical assistant at Mercy Family Medicine in Waldron.


Lamplighter Award: Debbie Hewett, director of critical care services and ICU at Mercy Fort Smith.


Dr. Cole Goodman Lamplighter Award: Dr. Paul Bean, chief of medical affairs, Mercy Fort Smith.


60 Years of Service to Mercy: Sister Chabanel Finnegan.