September 2022

Spirit of Service
  • Employee of the Month

    Tara Lloyd

    Tara Lloyd, BSN, RN

    Emergency Center

    Tara is a kind, loving, and humble nurse with a servant’s heart. While caring for a cancer patient struggling with chemotherapy, Tara reminded her of how beautiful she was before lending her a prayer cross to hold through the admission process. Later, while collecting blood cultures, Tara played soft music and sang with the patient, comforting and reassuring her during the stressful procedure. Tara’s thoughtful acts helped the patient feel seen and loved, exemplifying that Our Passion is You!

  • House Staff of the Month

    Ashley Nelson-Smith

    Ashley Nelson-Smith, DO

    TTUHSC, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

    Dr. Nelson-Smith performed expertly during a recent precipitous delivery in the Emergency Department. She went above and beyond, arriving quickly at the ED when notified of the delivery. Once she arrived, she reassured the patient and delivered the baby without complications. She’s an example of our residents’ exceptional quality and professionalism, and UMC is fortunate to have her as part of our team.

  • Attending of the Month

    Amy Richards

    Amy Richards, MD

    UMCP Obstetrics & Gynecology

    In a recent patient testimonial, Dr. Richards was recognized as a mindful listener and skilled practitioner. Throughout the patient’s experience, Dr. Richards’ communication with the nursing staff was flawless, keeping the team organized and on track. As the patient neared labor, Dr. Richards was prepared and ready to deliver immediately so that the patient didn’t have to wait. She is beyond grateful for the care provided throughout her pregnancy.

  • Advanced Practice Provider of the Quarter

    Matthew Cox

    Matthew Cox, PA

    TTUHSC, Department of Surgery/SICU

    Matt Cox is an asset to TSICU and BICU. He’s always calm and understanding, with a great bedside manner with patients, families, and nursing staff. A recent pediatric patient in the Burn Center needed aggressive pulmonary care and became anxious during a breathing treatment. Matt, who’s also a musician, played guitar and sang to the patient, calming him down. Matt is one of our very best, and we’re privileged to have him at UMC.

All Star
Jackie Perez

Jackie Perez, BSN, RN


Andrea Perez

Andrea Perez, Paramedic


Leslie Cutright

Leslie Cutright, PharmD



TEAM ALL STARS: Jacquelyn Perez, BSN, RN, Samantha Gonzalez, BSN, RN Breanna Wallace, BSN, RN, Logan Vigil, BSN, RN Jessica Sanders, MSN, RN


Jonni Keith

Jonni Keith, BSN, RN


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