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Greg Hendrix/Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas.

At 59, Registered Nurse Greg Hendrix couldn't imagine doing anything else with his life. Equipped with a chemotherapy certification, Hendrix spends his days making others' days a little brighter within Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas.

After visiting hospitals when he was younger, Hendrix discovered that patient care was something that intrigued him. The Washburn, Missouri, native pursued his nursing degree at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri. His passion for nursing led him to a job at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, where he's worked for the past 12 years.

Hendrix is a charge nurse at Mercy, responsible for the 48 beds on his floor. His daily duties include keeping up with all of the discharges and assigning patients to the proper rooms. Since he is chemotherapy and midline certified, Hendrix is called to several patients across the hospital.

He's also adept at difficult IV insertions and prides himself on being an advocate for his staff and patients.

"My challenge is being able to help the nurses, techs, patients and family members as needed," he said. "At the end of the day, I want to know I have done everything that has been asked of me."

Hendrix finds the most rewarding part of his job to be working with patients and family members. He seeks to make them both as comfortable as possible during their stay.

"When patients leave the hospital, I want them to be able to say that someone made this hospital stay a lot better than it could have been otherwise," he said.

Over the years, Hendrix has met many memorable people that he's treated. One patient, in particular, was a young lady who had been newly diagnosed with cancer.

"I was involved in her chemotherapy," Hendrix said. "The young lady was so sick. She was in the hospital for about two weeks. I watched her improve and then go home. Her family and I just had a special bond, and we still keep connected."

When he's not busy making the lives of others a little easier at Mercy, Hendrix enjoys farming and spending time with his family.

4

Number of states Mercy serves - Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Texas

1986

Year the Sisters of Mercy Health System was formed. In 2011 it transitioned to the name Mercy.

200

Number of beds in the Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas campus

"I want to make their hospital stay as comfortable as possible. When patients leave the hospital, I want them to be able to say that someone made this hospital stay a lot better than it could have been otherwise."

- Greg Hendrix

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Title Annotation:NURSE OF THE YEAR
Publication:Arkansas Business
Geographic Code:1U4MO
Date:Apr 15, 2019
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