Upshur resident named SJMH Employee of the Month

Kendel Guthrie, of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Special Delivery Unit, has been named the March 2019 Employee of the Month.

Kendel began work at SJMH in 2012 as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the OB Department. She is a graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School. Kendell graduated with her LPN training from the Fred Eberle Technical School, in Buckhannon, and her Bachelor in Nursing degree from Alderson and Broaddus University in 2014. 

She also teaches nursing classes at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Guthrie and her husband, John, live in Upshur County with their nine-year-old daughter, Eva. Kendel also noted that when talking about family, she has to mention her wonderful dog, Sam, a three-year-old boxer. Her parents, Tim and Kelly Haymond, formerly of Upshur County, now live in Virginia. Her husband is an electrician at the WVU Jackson’s Mill Conference Center.

Her nominator wrote, “Kendel cheerfully does her job. She is an excellent educator and voluntarily helps other units when they are busy. She picks up extra shifts to help when there are call-offs.”

Her department manager, Robin Drake, wrote, “Kendel is a well-respected nurse. She provides quality care to all her patients. She is a team player and always willing to help regardless of the task.  She is an excellent nurse and an asset to this facility.”

Kendell was honored by the nomination and explained that she loves working at SJMH.

“I enjoy working here at Stonewall because it is a big family. This is why I stay here. We work as a team and the patient benefits with the teamwork,” she said.

In her spare time she enjoys being with her family, reading and cooking.



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