Ambassador of the Month

Jimmy Phillips | February Ambassador

Jimmy Phillips of Princeton, a materials handler, has been named the Johnston Health Ambassador of the Month. During a presentation at Monday Morning Rally, CEO Chuck Elliott read aloud some of the comments from members of the staff who nominated him. “He goes above and beyond to ensure that departments have the supplies they need. If he sees that something is not on the shelves, he makes a special trip back to the General Stores Warehouse to get it,” he said. “He never complains. He smiles, and makes employees feel special, sometimes by handing out pieces of chocolate. He updates departments on back orders. He always takes the time to wish everyone a good day,” Elliott said. Phillips is also known in the post anesthesia care unit for doing something special for patients. “When he hears children crying after they wake up from surgery, he goes and buys gifts from the Volunteer Gift Shop and asks the PACU staff to deliver them,” he said. Prior to coming to Johnston Health, Phillips was a job coach at Johnston County Industries. Earlier he was a manager for several years at ACE Hardware in Selma. He and his wife, Toni, are originally from Paducah, Ky., and have lived in Princeton for the last 23 years. She is an office assistant to Dr. Russell Anderson at Johnston Health Hematology and Oncology. The couple has three grown children and seven grandchildren. Worth sharing: Until he injured a calf muscle, Phillips ran 17 marathons. His favorite was the toughest: the Grandfather Mountain marathon, which begins at Appalachian State University and ends at the top of the mountain. Why he likes his job: “I like having supplies at hand so that employees have them when they need them. I like being busy, and I like helping people.” Pictured above: From left, administrative director Kyle McDermott, CEO Chuck Elliott and purchasing manager Jennifer Wells congratulate Jimmy Phillips on being named Ambassador of the Month. In addition to a parking sign and designated spot, he will receive eight hours of paid time off.

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