Keith Hente, a patient care technician on the Behavioral Health Unit at Southeast Health Center of Stoddard County in Dexter, has been recognized with the Sunshine Award. This award, presented May 6, celebrates the exceptional care given by PCTs every day.
Keith's Sunshine Award cites his dedication to the Behavioral Health Unit and patients. His Sunshine nomination notes that, "Keith carefully monitors diverse safety demands on the BH unit and shows compassion when a patient needs 1:1 staff interaction for personal issues/complaints. He has brought in and donated clothing to homeless patients. He has given haircuts and helped patients prepare for interviews that determine discharge planning.
"Keith's sound judgement, physical fitness and direct personal involvement have been instrumental in many "Dr. Strong" emergencies being safely and successfully executed. I have seen Keith on multiple times miss his scheduled lunch and eat late in order to help a patient with completing an application for housing or drug rehab. He always puts patients' needs first. His preeminent attention to detail has helped build this unit to the high standards expected since its opening."