Mary Ann Heaster-Williams, CPhT, RPhT, of the Pharmacy, has been honored as the Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Employee of the Month for February 2020.
Mary Ann began at the hospital on December 4, 1991, when she was hired by pharmacist Gerald Wood. At the time, her pharmacy education was on-the-job training, she noted.
She is a Jane Lew resident and Lewis County High School graduate. She is the daughter of Donsel and Audra Lowther. She and her husband Dan Williams have three children – Cassandra Heaster, Tori Zelinski, and Sabrina Williams, and one son-in-law Greg Zelinski. There are five grandchildren – Kaylee, Bryant and Brylee Zelinski, and Regan and Charlie Day.
Her husband runs the Motorcycle Safety Program and they are avid motorcyclists. They love traveling. She has a secondary black belt; a gold medal in kumite; a sliver medal in weapons; and a bronze in sword (iado). Another interest of Mary Ann’s is shooting and bow hunting.
The nomination for Mary Ann’s honor was insightful and provided a number of reasons to honor her. As well as performing above and beyond on her duties there were other factors.
The nominator wrote that Mary Ann has always held herself to the highest standards. When the state of West Virginia mandated certified pharmacy technicians needed to be nationally certified, Mary Ann could have been grandfathered in, but instead, chose to prove her self and take the national exam. Anyone deserves recognition for passing the exam, but especially when it was not required for her.
Her nominator also wrote that nine out of ten times, Mary Ann is the first to take the initiative for projects. She works to keep patients, safe and happy, as well as visitors, physicians and all staff.
Her department head, pharmacist John Pope wrote that Mary Ann always puts in the extra effort to make sure that our patients receive the best of care.