In 2019, Chenise Blackwell was recognized by Sovah Health as a Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award is given to an employee who “proudly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.” Blackwell serves as the patient advocate at Sovah Health Danville. She is married and has two daughters and one stepdaughter and a stepson. She adds, “I have five grandchildren and another one due in December. All boys and I absolutely love being called ‘Nana.’”
Blackwell actively serves in her church and volunteers her free time to help those in need in our community.
Showcase met up with Blackwell to learn what makes her want to be an active member of the community.
Showcase Magazine: How do you define community involvement?
Chenise Blackwell: Being involved in various activities, projects, and groups in the community by volunteering time and resources to benefit others.
SM: Who are your real-life heroes and why?
CB: The people I work with every day a Sovah Health Danville, especially this last year and a half. They, to include everyone in all departments, give so much of themselves, working countless hours to care for our patients especially through the pandemic. I feel everyone, at some point in time, in whatever role they play, witnessed and endured events they will forever remember yet they still smile and continue pushing forward. To me, they all truly are Healthcare Heroes.
SM: What is it about Danville that makes it special to you?
CB: The people. I love meeting and getting to know people.
SM: What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
CB: It was given to me by my mother. She told me to let your heart be your guide because what is on the inside is what people will see on the outside.
SM: Do you have a favorite quote, and if so, what is it?
CB: Treat others like you want to be treated.
SM: How do you recharge? What do you like to do outside of work and volunteerism?
CB: I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, bowling, taking walks, and listening to music.
SM: What is your idea of happiness?
CB: Happiness is the peace I have within me and the joy I feel inside when I can do something to help someone else.
SM: What are you most looking forward to in 2022?
CB: Just embracing a new year with all the possibilities that come with it. I am looking forward to seeing more smiles and less sadness. I am looking forward to a new and better normal that will bring peace and joy back to our lives.
SM: What are your visions for the future of Danville?
CB: I am excited about the growth of Danville. The casino coming, new restaurants opening. I personally would love to see a bowling alley become a part of the growth as it would provide fun for the entire family.