Prince Frederick, MD – CalvertHealth names Ball Employee of the Year, Harrer receives “Beacon Award” as top manager

Employee Health Nurse Sally Ball was named by CalvertHealth as Employee of the Year. Ball, who joined CalvertHealth nearly 14 years ago, was noted as having a can-do attitude and advocating for the health and safety of everyone in the organization.

William “Dickie” Smith, Jr. is celebrating 40 years of service to CalvertHealth. Mr. Smith, pictured (center) with CalvertHealth Board Chair, Henry Trentman (left) and President & CEO Dean Teague (right), has only called off of work one time since 1995 – and that was back in 1999.

“Sally keeps our entire staff compliant with PPDs, mask fit testing, flu shots and much more,” said Lisa Broome, vice president for human resources. “Even with her heavy workload, she still finds time to serve on committees and makes sure the staff has proper information regarding all of the benefits available to them.”

In addition to Ball, the other nominees for Employee of the Year were Faye Scott, Virginia Chase, Merideth Moody, Nicole Owens, Shante Freeland, April Weems, Renee Sbrocco, Andrew Aikin, Kristen Springer and Karen Fletcher.

Kara Harrer, director of pharmacy, received the medical center’s Beacon Award, presented to the department leader who exemplifies outstanding leadership skills. Harrer, who joined CalvertHealth in 2000, was recognized for her contributions to providing a safer environment for patients as well as demonstrating excellent leadership skills, especially as it related to co-directing the medical center’s Opioid Stewardship Committee. Five other leaders were also nominated. They were Jill Alexander, Stephanie Cleaveland, Nicole Hedderich, Debbie Rosnage and Christine Shipley.

Kara Harrer, who won the Excellence in Caring Award and the Beacon Leadership Award, was unable to attend the event. President & CEO Dean Teague (left) and Chief Medical Officer Dr. J. Michael Brooks called Kara to share the good news.

Other leadership awards presented at the 43rd Annual Employee Awards Banquet held on May 5 included the Outstanding New Leader Award, presented to Jill Alexander; the Most Impactful Leader Award, presented to Nicole Hedderich and the Leading by Example Award, presented to Christine Shipley.

In all, the program honored 152 employees who have contributed 2,091 years of service, including 11 retirees who had a combined 281 years of service to CalvertHealth. The top service award went to William “Dickie” Smith, Jr. for 40 years of service. Mr. Smith has only called out sick one time since 1995 and that was back in 1999.

Sally Ball pictured with CalvertHealth Board Chair, Henry Trentman (far left), Chief Operating Office, Tony Bladen and VP of Human Resources, Lisa Broome (far right).

About CalvertHealth
CalvertHealth is a private, not-for-profit, community health system. Founded in 1919, CalvertHealth has been taking care of Southern Maryland families for nearly a century. In addition to the medical center campus, medical office buildings in Dunkirk, Twin Beaches, Prince Frederick, Lusby and Solomons ensure that quality care is no more than 15 minutes from anywhere in Calvert County. CalvertHealth’s trusted team provides residents with safe, high quality health care and promotes wellness for a healthy community – all while making a difference in every life we touch.