Ambassador of the Month

Anthony Barnes | August Ambassador

Anthony Barnes, a shift supervisor in the security department at Johnston Health Clayton, has been named Johnston Health Ambassador of the Month. During a recent presentation, CEO Chuck Elliott said Barnes goes out of his way to help staff, patients and visitors. Although he’s primarily assigned to work in Clayton, he works as needed at the main hospital in Smithfield, too. “He escorts families and patients to their destination, sometimes pushing them in wheelchairs,” Elliott said. “In the emergency departments, he talks with patients who may be dealing with tough issues. Out in the parking lots, he changes flat tires, jump-starts dead batteries, and unlocks vehicles for those who have left their keys inside.” Barnes, who grew up in Clayton, is retired with 30 years from the Department of Correction as correctional lieutenant. He has worked with Johnston Health for the past five years. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be named an Ambassador, to be acknowledged for striving to make our hospitals the best they can be,” he says. “I like helping patients, and I enjoy working with the hospital staffs, who are all exceptional people.” Barnes has two grown daughters, Shequilla Barnes, who is a teacher of children with autism, and Leslie Barnes, a recent graduate of Western Carolina University. Outside of work, he is active in his church and serves as first commander at American Legion Post 518 in Clayton.

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