Melissa Burton wins You Make a Difference Award for October

November 16, 2012
Melissa Burton earns Beebe Medical Center’s You Make a Difference Award for October. SOURCE SUBMITTED

Melissa Burton, the activity coordinator at Beebe Medical Center’s Gull House, has been honored with Beebe’s You Make a Difference Award for October.

Burton is responsible for the program for the clients at Gull House, an adult activity center in Rehoboth Beach.  Each day, she makes sure that activities engage and, more importantly, stimulate the clients, many of whom have some type of dementia. Her cheerful demeanor and positive attitude, no matter what the challenge, are infectious and appreciated by everyone she encounters.

She is known by her peers and the families of clients for her commitment to making sure that clients have enjoyable and productive days, as well as for her willingness to guide volunteers who assist with running the programs and with many other duties.

Burton's commitment to helping others does not stop at the doors of the Gull House. Recently, while out on a hot day, she came to the aid of an older woman whose car wouldn’t start. She had jumper cables in her car and was able to get the woman’s car going. Her peers at Gull House became aware of this selfless act when the woman called for an address so she could send a thank-you note.

Burton is an outstanding role model and leader.  Beebe Medical Center is proud of her and fortunate to have her on the team. She truly makes a difference.

Beebe Medical Center’s You Make a Difference employee recognition program, which was established in 2002, gives employees the opportunity to recognize their colleagues for outstanding service. The program is similar to an employee of the month program, but 18 employees can be selected annually. Each nomination, submitted by fellow employees or management, must meet specific criteria, and is evaluated by the award committee.

Employees selected for the award receive a parking space with sign/plaque for a month; a $100 check;  a letter of congratulations and personal visit from Jeffrey Fried, Beebe president and CEO; a photo for wall plaque on hall outside cafeteria; a special pin for badge; a letter to team member’s director; and department recognition.

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities it serves. For more information, go to


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