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Twenty-six members of staff at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, were on Thursday (Dec. 7) recognized for their dedicated service to the facility during 2005, at the hospital’s first annual conference and awards ceremony held at the Lodge Hall in Mandeville.
Of the awardees, 18 persons were honoured for more than 30 years of service, while Glendon Morris was named ‘Worker of the Year’.
A special award was given to former Minister of Health, John Junor, for his contribution to the hospital and his instrumentality in the creation of the National Health Fund (NHF).
Principal of the Hampton High School for Girls, Heather Murray, who was the guest speaker at the function, commended the staff for their years of service, noting that, “when you serve, you serve not to get back, but . because you want to serve”.
“When we do service, we do it not unto ourselves but unto somebody higher than us. We can’t begin . to say thank you for the work that you are doing in the Mandeville Hospital and in the health sector,” she added.
Meanwhile, Mr. Morris, who is an artisan, expressed joy at being named ‘Worker of the Year’, noting that, “I know that I have worked very hard and I will try to do my best for 2007.”
Longest serving staff member and Acting Operations Manager, Beveretta Beckford, who has been at the hospital for 36 years said: “I am very delighted and elated to be given this award. This will motivate me, because I started in the system when we were getting little . but I enjoyed my work very much, and for this reason, I am very glad that I am being honoured this afternoon for my years of service”.
Awards were also presented for outstanding service, best customer service representative, driver of the year, outstanding achievement, and professionalism. Two retired members of staff, Thelma Pryce and Valerie Wright, were also recognized. The hospital’s maternity ward was named the ‘Best Kept Ward for 2005’.