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Local Woman Receives 2019 Mercy Award for 'Compassion'


October 3, 2019

Judith Ott

Melanie Clapper, who has worked for 18 years in Environmental Services at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring, holds her trophy she received for being a recipient of Conemaugh Health System's 2019 Mercy Award.

Melanie Clapper, who has worked for 18 years in Environmental Services at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, is a recipient of Conemaugh Health System's 2019 Mercy Award.

The hospital said, "Melanie's involvement in the community and commitment to the hospital are a testimony to her sense of compassion."

Clapper's work does not include direct patient care, but her work directly affects patients. A clean hospital is an important factor in infection control and Clapper's efforts help keep hospital-acquired infection consistently low. Her on-the-job performance plays only one part or her story.

Promoting the importance of agriculture in her community is very important to Clapper. In 2018, she received the Member of the Year award from the Southern Cove Power Reunion. This club is in New Enterprise and works to uphold the history of the local agricultural industry. She has served this organization as their secretary for the past five years and has been involved for nearly three decades.

This club hosts antique tractor shows, tractor pulls and other events that highlight the importance of agriculture in the community. Clapper organizes fundraisers that raise thousands of dollars each year to help the club achieve its mission.

In 2010, the hospital kicked off a project where local artists painted murals on hospital walls highlighting different communities in its service area. CEO Tim Harclerode explained:

"Melanie became involve in the agricultural mural, providing feedback to the artists and making content suggestions," Tim Harclerode, Nason CEO, said. "She provided a photo of one of the tractors to be included in the mural."

She was also involved in the Modern Woodmen Youth program and completed many projects with local youth, including drives for hats and gloves for disadvantaged children.

The Mercy Award honors the life and legacy of Scott Mercy and recognizes employees who best exemplify the spirit and values upon which the company was founded. It is the highest honor a LifePoint Health employee can receive.

Clapper was sent on an all-expense trip to Nashville for three days. The recipient attended Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville along with 88 other hospital award recipients from all over the United States. A plaque was presented to all recipients.

"It is an honor to have an employee that is truly an ambassador for the hospital in everything she does," Heidi Kreider, director of community relations at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center.


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