Conemaugh Health System Names 2019 Mercy Award Winners

September 17, 2019

Conemaugh Health System recently announced that four employees have been recognized as Conemaugh’s 2019 Mercy Award winners.

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.

One of Conemaugh’s winners was named a finalist for the companywide Mercy Award.

The Mercy Award is an annual recognition program established in 2001 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.

“At Conemaugh Health System, 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, Market President of Conemaugh Health System. “We are extremely proud to recognize our winners for their efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. These employees go above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person they encounter receives the highest level of care and compassion.”



Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center Winner – Deborah Sanders
Deborah was a finalist for the companywide award. 

Deb was nominated for the Mercy Award for her knowledge, patient-centered care, and going above and beyond in her duties. She advocates for her patients and has developed strong, trusting relationships with team members throughout the health system. She has been involved in implementing continuing education for speech pathologists, allowing peers to earn credit for licensure without needing to travel. Deb is a loving wife and mother and involved in the community through 4H. She is the president of Cambria County horse clubs, and vice president of PAC Development committee. She implemented a “buddy program” for children to have access to horses and learn how to care for them. She is very active in spreading knowledge of the importance of agriculture and farming.


Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center Winner – Deanna Thompson

Deanna was nominated for her caring, giving, generous, and compassionate personality. She demonstrates strong work ethic and bedside mannerisms. She knows the importance of keeping shifts covered and works to coordinate her schedule to assist her coworkers. Over the past two years, Deanna has received two Gold Star awards at Conemaugh for her generosity and willingness to help anyone in need. In the community, she is actively involved in scouting as a Boy Scout Master and helped her sons earn the rank of Eagle Scout. She has also been involved with the 4H club, public speaking, mobile food bank, and her church. She is also a certified EMT.


Conemaugh Miners Medical Center Winner – Deb Hegedus

Deb was nominated as an example of an employee who is Making Communities Healthier. She is engaged in the local community and actively promotes Conemaugh Miners through health fairs and community events. She visits with local physicians to discuss new services lines and address any concerns. Her positive impact on the radiology department is evident by the efficiency in department functions, positive comments from patients, and the community response to services. Deb takes the lead for annual breast cancer awareness education and events, and works to provide preventive education to the community.


Conemaugh Nason Medical Center Winner – Melanie Clapper      

Melanie is eager to ensure that Conemaugh Nason is a clean environment for patients. She understands the importance of her position in the overall infection control rates of the hospital and takes pride in the role that she plays. She is involved in the community with the Southern Cove Power Reunion as a volunteer. She acts as an ambassador for the organization and emphasizes the importance of family farms in the area. She is a steward of the history of farming and contributed a photograph that was used as inspiration for a mural at Conemaugh Nason. She was also involved in the Modern Woodmen Youth program and completed many projects with local youth, including drives for hats and gloves for disadvantaged children.