Last year, First Responders were honored in the effort because of their efforts in the midst of the pandemic.
“It has been a program and become a tradition for the Oxford community not only honoring someone central to the hospital and community but also to honor people we admire and remember,” Speh said. “The scrolls are a list of names and will be displayed in the hospital throughout the holiday season. The money received all goes to nursing education scholarships.”
Pam Collins started at the hospital in 1978 and retired earlier this year. She was recognized with a city proclamation in her honor presented at a City Council meeting in June.
Born in Victoria, Texas, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a B.S. in Nursing. She moved to Oxford in 1978 and was hired at MHMH where she worked in Pediatrics working with Dr. Ellen Buerk. After taking a break from the hospital in 1979, she pursued a Master’s in Student Personnel in 1981 from Miami University.
She returned to MHMH part-time while attending graduate school at the University of Cincinnati for her Masters of Science in Nursing and upon completion of her degree, she was hired as Director of Nursing at McCullough-Hyde in 1989. In July 2006, she was promoted to Vice President and Chief Patient Services Officer; after affiliating with TriHealth she continued as Chief Patient Services Officer until her retirement.
“The auxiliary is extremely proud to honor such a leader and visionary and we are indebted to her for the hours and steadfast commitment in being a catalyst for change within our hospital and community,” Speh said.
Following Sunday’s program, the tree with the scrolls will be put on display in the McCullough-Hyde lobby for everyone to have an opportunity to see the names.