National Park Medical Center Names 2020 Mercy Award Winner

Sheila Paskell, RN, recognized for demonstrating compassion and unwavering commitment to helping others.


National Park Medical Center recently announced that Sheila Paskell, RN, has been recognized as the hospital’s 2020 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.

Sheila Paskell, RN, National Park Medical Center’s 2020 Mercy Award Winner

The Mercy Award is an annual recognition program established in 2002 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.

“At National Park Medical Center, we share LifePoint’s commitment to making communities healthier, and we recognize this is supported by the good work and service of our employees on and off the job,” said Scott Smith, CEO of National Park Medical Center. “We are extremely proud to recognize Sheila Paskell, RN, for her efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. She goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person she encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion.”

Sheila is an RN in the National Park Medical Center ICU, and in her 17 and a half years at NPMC she has also worked as a phlebotomist and cardiac rehab assistant. Sheila was nominated by her manager, Jewell Briggs, who asked ICU co-workers how they would describe Sheila. The words compassionate, spiritual, efficient, always positive, warm-hearted, sympathetic, hardworking, empathetic, optimistic and cheerful were all used. Sheila is a community servant, organizing Thanksgiving blessing baskets, toy drives, angel tree campaigns and food drives for at-risk families in our community. She also makes it easier for co-workers to donate by managing a drop-off point at the hospital. She volunteers for the Webb Community Center and is very active in her church, where she is the founder of the Women in Purpose Ministry, providing mentorship and guidance for young women. Also through her church, Sheila started an annual community health and resource fair which includes free screenings, educational sessions and panel discussions for attendees. She also hosts a prayer line and supports the “We Care Unit Ministry” which provides a monthly lunch for families in our ICU waiting rooms and provides toiletries for the Potters Clay Women’s Recovery Center.

Each hospital winner, including Sheila, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2020 companywide Mercy Award. The companywide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., in October, to which Sheila and all hospital winners are invited to attend.

About National Park Medical Center
National Park Medical Center is a 166-bed full-service acute care hospital located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Our mission is simple: Making Communities Healthier. We are a part of the LifePoint Health family of hospitals, which means we aim to create a place where people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice, and employees want to work. Our core values are honesty, integrity & trustworthiness, inclusion, compassion and legal/ethical compliance. Our hospital’s Joint Commission accreditation powerfully demonstrates our commitment to meeting the highest national standards for quality and safety.