With providing the highest quality of care in the communities it serves as one of its founding pillars, Steward Health Care, a private hospital operator in the United States providing physician-led health care services, has honored local health care champions for their longstanding dedication to supporting quality care.
Both with 40-plus years of service, Montrozell “Goldie” Everage, from St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix, and Peggy Jackson, from Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, were recognized for their long-term service to supporting healthier local communities.
When Everage started working at St. Luke’s Medical Center in 1972, little did she know how far-reaching her impact would be and how far she would go. Starting as a certified nursing assistant on the clinical floors, an opportunity opened in data processing, where she would enter punch cards in an old IBM Main Frame computer system. As data processing was changing, Everage changed with the times, embracing the opportunity to become an IT tech. Unique in having first-hand experience in the medical field, while also being a tech whiz, she was installed at an IT tech manager, and informally, one of the most trusted team members at St. Luke’s. As a mainstay at St. Luke’s, her reputation precedes her as she is the go-to person for all things IT.
The field of nursing has changed greatly in the last four decades, but one thing has remained a constant: the dedication and tenacity of Jackson, a veteran registered nurse at Mountain Vista Medical Center’s special care level II nursery. From her early years in the nursing profession, Jackson has made marked differences in the lives of others, through her personal involvement in worthy causes, including community service and volunteering with charitable organizations. A longstanding Critical Care Nursery nurse who over the course of her tenure has written many of the policies and procedures for the nursery, Jackson is responsible for the care of the tiniest and most critical patients and provides a specialized comfort to new moms that put their minds at ease as their newborns fight for their lives and to thrive. Despite the immense responsibility she shoulders at Mountain Vista Medical Center, Jackson spends much of her free time helping her community and others who are less fortunate and afflicted in some way, including working closely with Veterans on Patrol to make and deliver meals, as well as supplies, including toiletries, blankets and other necessities, to a homeless camp that housed several veterans an average of three times a week until the camp was closed.
“With nearly a half century of experience each, Goldie and Peggy are examples of dedicated consummate health care professionals who truly embody the spirit of Steward Health Care’s approach to patient care and professional excellence to ensure the fabric of our neighborhoods remains strong and vibrant,” said Jim Flinn, CEO of Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. “In their own individual ways, they have left a lasting impression on the hundreds of thousands of lives they have touched over the past 40-plus year. It’s for this that we honor them and are grateful that they have chosen to be part of the Steward Health Care team.”
Last October, Jackson and four other colleagues from across Steward’s Arizona hospitals, including St. Luke’s Medical Center, Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center and Mountain Vista Medical Center, were honored for their extraordinary commitment in serving their facilities and their communities, specifically those who continuously exhibit professional and personal excellence in every task they undertake.
Steward Health Care bought St. Luke’s Medical Center (Phoenix), Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital (Tempe), St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center (Phoenix) and Mountain Vista Medical Center (Mesa) under its banner in September 2017.