Local Hospital Celebrates Black History Month

February 3, 2011 Updated Feb 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

February 3, 2011 Updated Feb 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM EDT

February is Black History Month and Mount Saint Mary's Hospital celebrated in a special way.

The hospital honored DeLoris Wooten who has worked there for more than 28 years.

"It's quit an honor to be recognized by your peers for the work that you do. I try to treat everybody fairly and do my job as best as I can," Wooten said.

Those who chose Wooten for this recognition said honoring a strong and dedicated African American woman is the perfect celebration of Black History Month.

"She sets and example for some of the other young and up and coming black young women here," Director of Environmental Services with the hospital Ken Hatton said.

Wanda Adams said she is a mentor to many people at the hospital.

"We're honoring her because of her leadership skills and dedication to services here at Mount. St. Mary's Hospital," Adams said.

Hatton said it also make others aware of the meaning of Black History Month.

"I think it's important to acknowledge and bring to a lot of employees attention about Black History where it has been, where it is now and where it comes from." Hatton said.

This recognition during the month of February has become a tradition at the hospital. They sing the Black National Anthem and then to top off the festivities they enjoy a soul food luncheon all with one thing in mind.

"We're celebrating the legacy of African Americans," Adams said.