HCA Virginia
May 20, 2021

Salem, Va. — Five nurses from LewisGale Medical Center were among the recipients of the Salem Rotary Club’s 2021 Citizens of the Year recognizing Roanoke Salem Region Nurses. Ten additional healthcare workers were also awarded from Carilion Clinic and the Salem VA Medical Center.

During a luncheon event hosted at the Salem Civic Center, the following five LewisGale Medical Center nurses were honored:




  • Shane Butler, RN; COVID-19 Unit
  • Stacey Steeves, RN; COVID-19 Unit
  • Alyssa Spradlin; RN; Emergency Department
  • Kimsa Tran, RN; COVID-19 Unit
  • Pat Whisman, RN; Nursing Director of COVID-19 Unit

“This recognition is ever-more poignant in that it celebrates nurses having made it through one of the most challenging years in modern healthcare,” said Lea Margaret Lee, chief nursing officer at LewisGale Medical Center. “Our nurses have remained true healthcare heroes in this pandemic, as they have gone above and beyond to care for COVID patients as well as connecting them with family members for precious moments during visitor restrictions.”

In 1957, the Salem Rotary Club began its recognition of outstanding citizens. Since then, it has named 57 persons to receive this honor from a variety of professions and business sectors.

A plaque recognizing the 2021 Citizens of the Year is displayed in the Salem Civic Center with an inscription that reads as follows: “Presented annually in recognition of distinguished service to our community for steadfast dedication to the high calling of good citizenship and faithful devotion to those ideas which have made America strong and free.”