Jamestown Regional Medical Center recently announced Erin Stewart as its most recent Legend Award recipient.

The Legend Award is the most prestigious distinction for a JRMC employee. The Legend Award recognizes employees who exceed expectations and make the difference in the lives of those they serve.

The JRMC Emergency Department nominated Stewart, a respiratory therapist, because of her willingness to always go above and beyond to help out her coworkers.

“Every morning, Stewart stops down to ask if we need any help,” wrote Rachel Macdonald, JRMC Emergency Department registered nurse. “Erin is a team player and deserves to be recognized and thanked for going out of her way to make certain that other departments are doing okay.”

Originally from Bakersfield, California, Stewart joined the JRMC team in 2016 and resides in Jamestown. She chose JRMC after hearing from former classmates that at JRMC you’re more than just a number – you’re part of a family.

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JRMC’s 350 employees cast anonymous votes to select each Legend Award winner.

The purpose of the Legend Award is to inspire, motivate and capture the moments that define JRMC. The goal is to help employees and volunteers connect to the sense of purpose that brought them to the organization. This award is for employees who’ve made extreme efforts to benefit their patients and colleagues.

“The nominations inspire staff members to continually be the best, exceed expectations and make THE difference in the lives of those we serve,” said Mike Delfs, JRMC president and CEO.

Once nominated, JRMC administration and employees vote on their favorite nominees and their stories.

“Erin has a ‘can do attitude,' said Ricki Ramlo, JRMC chief operating officer. "She has been instrumental in ensuring that JRMC provides quality and safe respiratory care. Erin is quick to step in to offer assistance and support her fellow co-workers. We are blessed to have this California ‘clinician’ on our North Dakota JRMC team.”

The Legend Award first began in 2012. Since then, more than 35 individuals have been named Legends and more than 110 employees were nominated.

To read Stewart’s full story, visit www.jrmcnd.com.