Patient-Focused Care is a Priority for Nurse Tabitha Shay

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A patient was weak and unable to walk or even lift himself out of bed, but Mon Health Medical Center nurse Tabitha Shay never gave up on him.

She worked with the patient for weeks and encouraged him daily. Eventually, he recovered and walked out of the ICU on his own.

“This patient was very weak and wanted to give up, but I was able to lift his attitude,” Tabitha said. “To see someone at their worst to be able to walk on their own – that’s why I do what I do. There’s no greater feeling than to see someone you’ve come to know succeed and recover.”

That’s just one of many patient stories Tabitha has been a part of while working at Mon Health Medical Center.

Tabitha worked in the hospital’s ICU for 10 years before leaving to work in correctional nursing and at another hospital. But she missed the atmosphere of Mon Health Medical Center and returned two years later and now works in surgery pre-operation.

Tabitha chose a career in nursing, because of her grandmother, Joyce Galloway, was a nursing assistant at Mon Health Medical Center for many years. In high school, Tabitha took nursing classes at the Monongalia County Technical Education Center, formerly known as VOTECH. This experience confirmed her interest in nursing.

“In that class, we worked with nursing homes. Being able to not only care for people medically but be there as someone to talk to really stuck with me and I use that experience to this day,” Tabitha said.

One of her instructors, Caroline Lloyd, encouraged Tabitha to earn an associate nursing degree from Fairmont State University after high school. Tabitha said that moment changed her life.

“She was incredible,” Tabitha said. “She taught me a lot when I was a high school student and pushed me to get my degree. That was really a turning point in my life.”

In college, Tabitha did her clinical rotations at Mon Health Medical Center. Once she graduated, she knew where she wanted to work.

“The people here are amazing,” she said. “There are truly great people working here who focus on the patient at all times. I enjoy coming to work every day and helping to make a difference.”

Tabitha was named Mon Health’s September 2018 Cardinal Award winner for exemplifying Mon Health’s mission, vision, and values.

Tabitha is a University High School graduate. She currently lives in Preston County with her husband, Brad, and son Christian.

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