Providence Health Names 2020 Mercy Award Winner

Jenny Ard

Jenny Ard

Virginia “Jenny” Ard recognized for demonstrating compassion and unwavering commitment to helping others

COLUMBIA, SC (July 16, 2020) – Providence Health recently announced that Virginia “Jenny” Ard has been recognized as the Providence Health’s 2020 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 Providence Health, 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 Terry Gunn, Market CEO of Providence Health. “We are extremely proud to recognize Jenny for her efforts on behalf of our patients and our community. She goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person she encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion.”

Jenny has dedicated 30 years of her life to caring for patients in cardiac rehabilitation. As the nurse leader, Jenny works to meet the patients’ clinical and emotional needs. Her nominator writes, “Patients feel cared for, encouraged and inspired to work toward improving their quality of life as a result of her influence.” It is that life-changing impact that sets Jenny apart. She strives to provide care and deliver hope.

Each hospital winner, including Jenny, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2020 companywide Mercy Award. The companywide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., in October, to which Jenny and all Providence Health winners are invited to attend.

About Providence Health

Founded in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Providence Health is a full-service healthcare system serving the Midlands of South Carolina. A part of LifePoint Health, Providence consists of two hospitals, a freestanding Emergency Room in Fairfield County and multiple physician practices, rehabilitation centers, sleep centers, imaging and diagnostics labs, and other services. Providence Health’s downtown Columbia hospital specializes in high acuity care, while its Northeast Columbia campus recently transitioned from a specialty facility to a full-service community hospital. Providence employs more than 1,600 dedicated staff. For more information, visit

SCBIZtv is part of the SC Biz News family, serving 100,000 high-level business execs throughout South Carolina. Click for more from SCBIZtv.