Name: Jennifer Schwartzenberg
Title: Director, Community Outreach
The Outer Banks Hospital
T: (252)449-5933

Nags Head, N.C. – February 21, 2020 – Heather Payne, Care Partner in the Emergency Department, is The Outer Banks Hospital’s January, 2020 Employee of the Month. She joined The Outer Banks Hospital in May, 2017 as a CNA II and became a Care Partner after completing additional training and education.

The most frequently used term to describe Heather is proactive. She anticipates the needs of patients and her team members, and is willing to do anything to help. She goes above and beyond what is expected. Her team members look forward to working with her because her hard work and fun personality brightens the day and makes any shift run more smoothly.

Her compassion and integrity are obvious in the way she does the right thing, the right way, no matter who is watching or not watching. She always has a great attitude and comes to work “ready to roll.” Always smiling, Payne has the ability to make you laugh when you want to cry.

Upon hearing that she had been chosen as the January, 2020 Employee of the Month, Payne stated, “It was nice to hear all the wonderful things my colleagues said about me. I love working here with the people I work with. I feel proud to be a part of this team and the OBH family.”

Pictured, Left to Right: Matt Chovaz, MD, Emergency Department; Michele Thrun, Interim Emergency Department Director; Payne; Melissa Hillegas, Ambulatory Care Technician; Marcia Bryant, Vice President of Clinical Operations.