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Emergency Department Director Suzanne Stricklin selected as HMC Breath-Taker

The long-time employee who has quarterbacked the ED for over 25 years.

Hardin Medical Center (HMC) announces the latest HMC Breath-Taker is Emergency Department Nursing Director Suzanne Stricklin. Admissions Coordinator Laura Beth Dendy knew exactly who she wanted to succeed her. "Suzanne always comes in with a smile, ready to take on whatever task. When I first started at HMC, I felt she kind of took me under her wing and helped me to feel welcomed," said Laura Beth.

The Emergency Department is often referred to as the front door of a hospital. It is a very busy, high-traffic place where patients typically arrive in the middle of a sometimes scary situation involving severe injuries or illness to themselves, a family member, or their child. Tensions sometimes run high when a loved one's well-being is at risk. It is very important that the ED staff remains calm amid the storm. Suzanne said, "My job is to ensure the Emergency Department runs as smoothly as possible so that our patients receive great care while at the same time providing an environment where my staff can enjoy their jobs while providing great care."

Suzanne is quick to say the best part about working at Hardin Medical Center is her Emergency Department team which includes admissions, nurses, healthcare providers, laboratory, radiology, respiratory, and Hardin County EMS. "We all work well together to meet the needs of our patients," Suzanne added.

Suzanne has been an integral part of the HMC Emergency Department for almost 25 years. (January 2023). Her greatest accomplishment is her family. She is married to Stacey Stricklin, and they have three children Cailin (23), Sarah (18), and Riley (15). The family also has a dog (Harley) and a cat (CD).

Suzanne describes herself as 'responsible.' Her Chief Nursing Officer, Wendy Trickey, agrees. "Suzanne is one of the people you want to see when you come to our Emergency Department. She is a knowledgeable and very dedicated employee that we are lucky to have at Hardin Medical Center," said Wendy. Thank you for your dedication to Hardin Medical Center, Suzanne. You lead by example, and your team reflects your leadership.

The Respiratory Therapy team created the Breath-Taker Award to help recognize their fellow HMC employees who go above and beyond or always go the extra mile. The 'traveling trophy' recipient will then select the next winner. Congratulations to Suzanne Stricklin of the HMC Emergency Department.

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