UP Health System – Bell recently announced that Ed Anderson has been recognized as the hospital’s 2018 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touch 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 and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.
“At UPHS – Bell, we share LifePoint’s commitment to making communities healthier, and we recognize this is supported by the good work and service of our employees both on and off the job,” said Mitch Leckelt, CEO of UPHS – Bell. “We are extremely proud to recognize Ed Anderson 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.”
Ed is well-known for always striving to help others. This was evident from the time he joined the hospital as a fill-in courier and, later, fill-in janitor. He would come in on his day off to cover a shift — even with just a moment’s notice, rearranging his schedule to make everything work for everyone. In addition to his service at UPHS — Bell, Ed has served as the Ishpeming fire chief for 10 years and has been a member of the volunteer fire department since 1979. Each year, he educates the community on fire safety at a neighborhood block party that he organizes. Ed also played a key role in the purchase of a much-needed aerial fire truck by securing grant funding for special equipment like respirators.
Each hospital winner, including Ed, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2018 company-wide Mercy Award. The company-wide winner will be announced this summer and will be honored at a special celebration in Nashville, Tenn., in August, along with all other hospital winners.