Norton Healthcare celebrates Pride Month by sharing employee stories from a diverse workforce

Employee values the acceptance she’s felt — for herself and her wife — from her leaders and peers at Norton Healthcare.

Evon Muratalla-Young, executive secretary, Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing, has been part of the Norton Healthcare family for nearly two years. In that time, she has found a career home and co-workers whom she considers friends. That wonderful feeling is something she doesn’t take for granted.

“I came from a company where comments were made and you were made to feel different,” said Evon. “From day one at Norton Healthcare, I have been treated the same as everyone else, and that is a wonderful feeling.”

Evon supports the Institute for Nursing and its leadership, including Kim Tharp-Barrie, DNP, R.N., vice president, Institute for Nursing and Workforce Outreach. Evon values the acceptance she’s felt — of herself and of her wife — from her leaders and peers.

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“My wife can come to any event and no one looks at us any different,” said Evon. “She’s included in all of our outside functions, and that feels wonderful!”

In her role, Evon manages event logistics, department administrative needs and program support. She also helps to provide a patient-care voice for the LGBTQ community.

“In a department full of amazing nurses, I try to be the voice of the patient and give the point of view we might see,” said Evon. “I make suggestions such as not assuming someone is a sir or ma’am and share how that misidentification may make them feel.”

Evon is a member of NPride, the Norton Healthcare LGBTQ employee resource group, and serves on the group’s event subcommittee. She is active in the planning of Norton Healthcare’s participation in this year’s Kentuckiana Pride Festival parade, which is Friday, June 14. Support from Norton Healthcare at events such as the Pride festival shows Evon that she’s in the right place and working for a company that values and respects her.

“I would like to thank Norton Healthcare for the opportunity to be so open and proud of who I am,” Evon said.

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