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Sims honored for 45 years of service at hospital
Carol Sims was recognized for her dedication to the hospital over the past 45 years. Pictured, front row from left, are great-granddaughter Raven Wanamaker, daughter Lori Cagle and Sims. Back row, granddaughter Kayla Wanamaker, daughter Kim Butcher, granddaughter Cortni Carpenter, and great-grandson Killian Carpenter.

Longtime Saint Thomas River Park unit secretary Carol Sims was recognized with a proclamation honoring her for her 45 years at the hospital.

Sims was surprised with a celebration on Thursday afternoon and was surrounded by family members and coworkers. State Rep. Paul Sherrell played a role in passing the proclamation acknowledging her service to the hospital through the General Assembly and presented her with the proclamation.

Saint Thomas River Park CEO Dale Humphrey said he was glad to recognize Sims for her dedication to the hospital.

“It is a testament that you have been dedicated to this community and this hospital. You help me keep my sanity in the ED and hopefully I have done a little bit of that for you. It is hard work that we do every day, but there is no more important work on this Earth than caring for your fellow man. We are humbled by your service with us. We are grateful for it and we will take another 45 years,” said Humphrey.

Sims began her career with River Park on Jan. 27, 1977. At that time the hospital has a west and east wing for medical and surgical patients and that is where she started. Over the years she transferred to the intensive care unit as a monitor technician and returned to the medical and surgical wing as a unit secretary. In 1998, she joined the emergency department as a unit secretary and continues to work in that position today.

The proclamation by Speaker of the House of Representatives Cameron Sexton reads, “Carol Sims epitomizes the spirit and commitment that are characteristic of a true Tennessean, and her professionalism and dedication to serving her community are evident to all who know her; and whereas we find it appropriate to acknowledge and applaud Carol Sims for her dedication to the State of Tennessee and its citizens.”

The sentiment shocked Sims and she was very appreciative of the special recognition. Along with the proclamation she was also gifted a special clock in recognition for her commitment and service to the hospital.

“I just appreciate it so much,” said Sims.