Amburgey Wins Mercy Award

May 26, 2017

Helping people isn't just part of Brian Amburgey's job - it's a way of life.

For that reason, Amburgey - who is the hospital's imaging department supervisor and picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) administrator - was named the 2016-17 recipient of Starr Regional Medical Center's Mercy Award. His co-workers nominated him for the award because he exhibited the qualities inherent in the purpose of the award, which is to recognize the unsung heroes of LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. Starr Regional's parent company - who take care and concern for others to a new level. Established in 2002, the award is named for LifePoint's founding chairman and CEO, Scott Mercy, and is the highest honor an SRMC employee can receive.

"The phrase that continued to surface as I read through his many, many nomination letters was 'go-to person,'" said Starr Regional CEO Mark Nichols. "The nominations came from radiology students he is mentoring as they hone their skills in imaging. The nominations came from imaging staff he works with daily, and they came from radiologists who rely on his knowledge of our systems to help them do their jobs. He is daily making our hospital a place people choose to come to for healthcare and where physicians want to practice."

Amburgey, who has been with SRMC for more than 12 years, didn't have imaging as his first career choice.

"I wanted to help people, and I think I changed my major in college three or four times before I finally went into psychology. I was a counselor for a few months, but it was tough work, and there were a lot of cases where I just felt like I wasn't doing anything to help," the Kentucky native said. "It was when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer that I first got interested in imaging, because her cancer was detected in an early stage through a mammogram. That saved her life. It got me interested in imaging and what it could do to help."

Being able to help others in the same way as an imaging technologist helped his mother is the "most rewarding part" of the job for Amburgey.

"A lot of times when we're doing CAT scans and X-rays, we're hopeful we'll find things early enough that they can be prevented or kept from getting to the point where they can't be fixed," he said. "Then, there are some days where you see someone who's really hurting, they're eaten up with cancer, and you can't do much in imaging to help their disease, but you can make the experience as calming and enjoyable as possible to lighten the load they're carrying. Anytime you can make someone's day a little better, it's worth it, especially when they're hurting."

Outside his career, Amburgey has enjoyed helping children as a youth basketball and soccer coach.

Brian is pictured below with his wife, Trininty and sons Caleb and Eli.

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