Beverly Youmans works in an environment with patients facing pain, uncertainty and fear – until the elation when chemotherapy is complete. Throughout that time, however, Youmans is a constant force of hope and joy in her position as manager of Outpatient Infusion at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion.
For her work and what she represents, Youmans is the latest McAuley Award winner at St. Joseph’s/ Candler. Youmans is a registered nurse who has worked for the system since 1988. She lives in Brooklet in Bulloch County.
“Not only are the patients infused with medicine, they also appear to be infused with the love, goodness and great compassion that comes from Beverly, her staff and all services,” wrote one of the people who nominated her.
Paul P. Hinchey, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s/ Candler, honored Youmans with the award in a surprise announcement Thursday. The McAuley Award is presented annually to the one St. Joseph’s/ Candler co-worker who best exemplifies the mission and values of the health system. The award is named in honor of Catherine McAuley, who founded The Sisters of Mercy in the hopes of bringing education, healthcare, social justice, and spiritual guidance to those in need.
Co-workers who nominated Youmans noted her dedication to making the patients comfortable, her compassionate care and attention to the highest standards of nursing and health care.
This year, 39 St. Joseph’s/Candler co-workers were nominated by their peers to receive the distinguished honor. Nominations are based upon an individual’s ability to illuminate the health system values of compassion, quality, integrity, courtesy, accountability and teamwork.
As the 2014 Catherine McAuley Award winner, Youman’s name will appear on the bronze McAuley plaque displayed in the lobbies of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital. She will receive a $3,000 honorarium, a one-year free parking pass in the location of her choice, a one-month cafeteria meal pass, a gift certificate for massages at the Center for WellBeing, a St. Joseph’s/Candler watch and the McAuley pin.