Tammy Sparks, a licensed practical nurse and certified surgical technologist in the Family Birthing Center at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named the MMCer of the Month for May.
In her duties, Sparks provides care for patients in the Family Birthing Center, assists physicians with c-section deliveries, and assists registered nurses in patient care as well as stocks and manages supplies for the Family Birthing Center and operating room. She has been with Methodist since 2010.
Sparks is described by Donna Hamby, director of Surgical Services, as â€œan asset to her patients, co-workers, physicians, Methodist Medical Center, and Covenant Health.â€
Hamby continued, â€œShe provides excellent patient care and has good clinical judgment and skill.â€
The person who nominated Sparks said, â€œShe is the most efficient and productive employee that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.â€
The nomination notes that Sparks carries her sense of professionalism in her care of patients, her sense of teamwork, and her encounters with customers, patients, visitors, peers, and physicians.
Hamby notes that in addition to her LPN skills, Sparks is an excellent CST, and provides those skills in the Family Birthing Center and in the operating room when needed. And since she is also in school to advance her clinical knowledge and skills, she is going to be an excellent RN.
The nomination adds, â€œTammy is always willing to help and is good at seeing something that needs improving and asking if she can change it.â€
Sparks has initiated process changes that have improved how the staff delivers care. Sheâ€™s even created educational tools for nurses and OB techs to improve setting up the c-section room and caring for surgical instruments.
As Hamby says, â€œTammy is very deserving of the recognition of MMCer of the Month.â€
When asked about receiving MMCer of the Month Sparks said, â€œIâ€™m pleasantly surprised and happy, and Iâ€™m humbled for the recognition of hard work.â€
Sparks lives in Clinton with her husband David. They have three children: Amber, Joshua, and Daniel. Sparks is a member of Eagle Bend Apostolic Church. She enjoys golf, reading, sewing, and just spending time with her family.