This special award was created by members of the hospital’s Employee Engagement Committee to recognize employees who go above and beyond the call of duty on a regular basis. It is awarded monthly to a deserving employee selected by the hospital’s directors. Ruff was nominated for the award by House Supervisor Retha McRay.
“I wanted Leslie to receive this award because of her leadership role in critical situations,” McRay explained. “I recently had a critical patient on the Medical-Surgical unit that needed to be in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Leslie went to Med-Surg to help with the patient until we could move her and she never left her side. When we received transfer orders, Leslie rode in the back of the ambulance and cared for the patient all the way.”
Ruff said she was very appreciative of the recognition.
“Although Retha singled me out, this situation was truly a team effort,” she said. “I am very thankful to work at a hospital where everyone cares so much for each other.”
Ruff received her RN degree from Dalton State College in 1998 and also attended Mercer University. She has been employed by Gordon Hospital for 13 years. She and her husband, Andy, have two children Landon, 7, and Mason, 4. When she’s not going the extra mile for Gordon Hospital, Ruff said she enjoys camping, scrapbooking, spending time with her friends and family, and being outdoors.