Karla Johnson received the award recently from parent hospital company Iasis Healthcare. The highest honor an employee can receive, it recognizes employees who demonstrate commitment to community service in addition to excellence on the job.
She initially worked as a registered nurse at the then fledgling hospital that had been open only one year. Johnson is now responsible for hospital education, orientation, quality management, case management and discharge planning.
In addition, Johnson has served as the diabetic educator for northern Davis County for the past 20 years, educating hundreds of hospital patients in appropriate lifestyle changes and care techniques to maintain their quality of life and health.
Physicians refer patients to Johnson, who makes herself available to patients at any time of day or night.
In addition, she has served as community representative for the Safe Kids program. This has involved working with local civic leaders to distribute child safety seats, child helmets, sunscreen for skin protection, water safety information and related safety information for these devices at parades, fair booths, and events designed to increase children's safety.
"Karla does this all with confidence, wisdom, and compassion for her fellow human beings," says Debbie Sprague, chief nursing officer and longtime co-worker. "She is respected by absolutely everyone. Her life is a tireless representation of how a good person lives."
She was due to receive the award during a banquet in Orlando, Fla., this weekend. Johnson is a resident of West Point.