Wilson Medical Center Names 2017 Mercy Award Winner

May 24, 2017

Chris Pritchard

Chris Pritchard recognized for demonstrating compassion and unwavering commitment to helping others

Wilson Medical Center recently announced that Chris Pritchard has been recognized as the hospital’s 2017 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.

The Mercy Award is an annual recognition program established in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.

“At Wilson Medical Center, we share LifePoint’s commitment to Making Communities Healthier, and we recognize this is supported by the good work and service of our employees on and off the job,” said Bill Caldwell, CEO of Wilson Medical Center. “We are extremely proud to recognize Chris for his efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. He goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person he encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion.”

Chris is the assistant director of 5 East/Dialysis/Palliative Care and Clinical Resource Unit, and has been in this role for three years. During his 16 years of service at Wilson Medical Center, he has touched patients from all areas of the hospital during his role as Clinical Resource Unit supervisor, Bed Placement specialist and staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit - where he began his career as a new graduate and worked for 10 years. He has also served as the interim Hospice director – in addition to his current position – and managed that role until a new director was hired.

He has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Carolina University and an associate degree in nursing from Wilson Community College.

Chris lives in Wilson with his wife Karen and their three sons – Carson (16), Jack (8) and Mason (5). In addition to being a dedicated clinical professional, he is also a dedicated father and enjoys coaching youth soccer in our community.

Each hospital winner, including Chris, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2017 company-wide Mercy Award. The company-wide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., in August, to which Chris and all hospital winners are invited to attend.