Johnston Health Ambassador Passionate About Helping Patients At Home, Abroad

Randy Barnes, the materials manager for the operating room at Johnston Health Clayton, has been named the Johnston Health Ambassador of the Month.

During a recent presentation, CEO Chuck Elliott said Barnes is a dedicated employee who’s always willing to help out. “Every day he makes sure the department has the supplies it needs. And when needed, he assists in surgeries,” he said.

Barnes, who grew up in Nash County, has worked with Johnston Health for 15 years. Through nursing and his work in the OR, he has enjoyed helping people.

At left and right, CEO Chuck Elliott and Clayton OR manager Sabrina Davis congratulate Randy Barnes on being named Johnston Health Ambassador of the Month. In addition to a parking sign and designated spot, he will receive eight hours of paid time off.

Sabrina Davis, manager of the Clayton OR, says Barnes “always has a smile on his face, and has never said a bad word about anyone.”

“Johnston Health is far greater because of his presence,” she says.

Outside of work, Barnes volunteers as the executive director of an international ministry. Last fall, he coordinated a medical mission trip to Honduras that included coworkers and an ophthalmologist on the medical staff.

The team set up a small clinic in Quimistan, Santa Barbara, and saw 500 patients, performed 92 surgeries, and gave out 200 pairs of glasses.

Barnes marvels at how the mission trip took a medical turn. He mentioned the trip at work one morning and within a few hours, coworkers and the ophthalmologist had volunteered to join him as a medical team to help restore eyesight.

“That’s how God does things,” he said.

Barnes is already planning another trip this year.

Through the ambassador program, Johnston Health recognizes employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. They deliver quality care, foster teamwork and offer excellent service.

In addition to a designated month-long parking space, Barnes will receive eight hours of paid time off.

He and his wife, Tonya, live in western Johnston County. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.