Mary was nominated for recognition through Medstar, and was selected from other candidates through a peer nomination process. The nomination stated “In an world of critics and cynics, Mary is always positive, happy, and encourages others to do the same. The time and effort that she put into the ‘smile’ program at Medstar, simply to remind people to appreciate what we have and be happy, is a great example of how she not only maintains a positive outlook, but works to share it with everyone.”
Mary has been with Medstar for three years, and is a certified Emergency Medical Dispatcher through the National Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatch (NAEMD,) and has recently completed the EMT program at Medstar.
“I can’t believe that I was chosen. I work with so many good people, in the communications center and on the road, I’m just overwhelmed,” Archie said. “I’m proud to work with the Medstar team, and serve our patients and communities. Being a part of this team and the amazing work that they do is better than anything I’ve imagined, and I look forward to coming to work for every shift.“
Mary is currently pursuing a business degree, and plans to remain in the EMS or healthcare field upon completion.
“Mary really is an inspiration to all of us. Our communications center is often a pressurized environment, but Mary maintains her positive outlook and interaction regardless of the situation,” said Kolby Miller, Medstar Chief Executive. “Her idea for the smile buttons is a great reminder that we get a lot more out of our work and personal lives if we concentrate on being happy, rather than focusing on the stressors and negatives around us. Rather than just talk about making things better for people, Mary acts…every day. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with her.”