Compassion Around the Clock


Saint Joseph Jessamine

Rebecca Hughes, RN (left), emergency department, talked with Shelby Mesch (right), emergency department tech, during their Purpose & Values Tour interview at Saint Joseph Jessamine.

For Shelby Mesch, working at Saint Joseph Jessamine is a labor of love. As an emergency department technician, Shelby sees it all – from babies born to patients with fatal traumas.

“Working in the ER, we know we can’t save everybody – that’s why we’re such a close team. We can rely on each other in those times of stress – like losing a patient or even just not knowing what happened to a patient.”

Shelby, one of several employees interviewed during the Purpose & Values Tour videotaping at Saint Joseph Jessamine, said that KentuckyOne core values – Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence – are important to her everyday work, particularly compassion. “Compassion here means we care about the patient – we’re not just clocking in and out; we’re here because we want to be here and want to make a difference in people’s lives.” 

To see and hear more of Shelby’s story as well as other employees from Saint Joseph Jessamine,  here are three video vignettes captured from the hospital as part of the Purpose & Values Tour:

Just in a small way making a difference
We need to be there for them.
We’re here because we want to be here.

The tour is a statewide effort to promote the Purpose and Values of KentuckyOne Health and capture employees’ thoughts about their work and their mission. 

Want to see more of the Purpose & Values Tour in action across the state? Visit this link to see any or all of the interviews to date.

Also, don’t forget to stay tuned to KentuckyOne This Week and KentuckyOne Online for more emerging stories and videos of the Purpose & Values Tour interviews.