2021 Mercy Award

May 6, 2021

Western Plains Medical Complex Names 2021 Mercy Award Winner

Evan Wilson recognized for demonstrating compassion and unwavering commitment

to helping others


Western Plains Medical Complex recently announced that Evan Wilson has been recognized as the hospital’s 2021 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.


The Mercy Award is an annual recognition program established in 2002 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.


“At Western Plains, we share LifePoint’s commitment to making communities healthier, and we recognize this is supported by the good work and service of our employees on and off the job,” said Rick Wallace, CEO of Western Plains. “We are extremely proud to recognize Evan for his efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. He goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person he encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion.”


Evan was nominated from his peers for going above and beyond around the clock to make improvements in health, welfare, and safety for our employees, patients and community. Evan was indispensable in successfully and creatively navigating the supply chain during the pandemic to serve our hospital and community before, during, and beyond the pandemic without fail.


“Evan has made tremendous improvements in our pharmaceutical world at WPMC, and outside of the Pharmacy, he is knowledgeable on a million other things. Evan is very engaging with physicians and hospital staff, and well-respected by nursing colleagues,” said a group of leaders at WPMC.


Evan was fundamental in educating and implementing the COVID-19 vaccine to employees and community. One his most direct examples of leadership was by helping to provide insight and education to our local leaders and community on COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccine. “Evan provided guidance when his community needed it most,” said Rick Sowers, Mayor of Dodge City, and Board of Trustees Chairman for Western Plains. Evan is an outstanding individual that genuinely cares about the health and well-being of the community, he is a valuable resource to the community,” said Angela Sowers, Ford County Health Department Administrator & Ford County Health Officer.


Each hospital winner, including Evan, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2021 companywide Mercy Award. The companywide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., in August, to which Evan and all hospital winners are invited to attend.