Brenda Sellers Named 23rd Lientz Humanitarian
Oct 22, 2015
Brenda Sellers, the Bed Czar of Candler Hospital, is this year’s St. Joseph’s/Candler Lientz Award recipient.
As the Bed Czar, she works the high-pressure job of making sure patients get to the right room in the right unit when they are admitted to Candler Hospital, which has 384 beds. Yet, her co-workers nominated her for this prestigious award because despite the pressure, Sellers carries herself with passion, calm, knowledge and compassion.
Sellers has worked for Candler Hospital for more than 44 years.
The Lientz Award includes a $3,000 check, a cafeteria pass, a parking pass, a SJ/C watch, a massage certificate and the prestigious Lientz Pin. 39 co-workers were nominated for the honor this year.
What some who nominated Sellers said about her:
“Sellers can be found each day working unselfishly with physicians, staff, patients, and their families. During off-hours she is well known for her volunteer work throughout the community including feeding the hungry, clothing the homeless, or tending to the sick or elderly homebound.”
“She does what is needed to get the job done – even if it isn’t her job. The words 'no', 'I can't', 'I won't', 'I'm tired' do not seem to be a part of her vocabulary unless they are saying. "No, you don't need to worry because I can't imagine doing anything but my best for your patients, and I won't give up until they are taken care of…”
“Brenda Sellers’ heart is full of compassion; she never shies away from the opportunity to hold the hand of a worried family member while continuously doing her job. Brenda will clean a patient's room, pick up a tray of food, run to the pharmacy, or take a patient to their waiting car upon discharge. She is known to do whatever it takes.”
Sellers is active in the Savannah community and her church, St. Phillip Monumental AME.
She is a board member of Parent Partners for Better Education. She works with God’s Empowered Women’s Ministry, served for ten years as Food Coordinator for the Hour of Power Weekly Homeless Food & Clothing Ministry, is an Auxiliary Member of Faith In Action Ministry for the Homeless and is an Executive Board Member and Food Distribution Assistant Coordinator for the Share the Harvest Community Food Pantry.
About the Lientz Award:
Each year, St. Joseph's/Candler presents one co-worker with the award that reflects the humanitarian works of the late James R. Lientz, a former Candler Hospital Board Chairman and community activist. Recipients are nominated by their peers. A health system committee selects the recipient based on the candidate’s exemplification of the health system’s mission and values. The mission is “Rooted in God's love, we treat illness and promote wellness for all people." The values include compassion, quality, integrity, courtesy, accountability, and teamwork.