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Texas County Memorial Hospital has named Rick Hardwick of Houston the January employee of the month.
Hardwick is a floor maintenance technician in the housekeeping department. He has been employed at TCMH for over seven years. Hardwick was nominated for the award by Terry Moore, maintenance director.
Moore chose the word “sedulous” to describe Hardwick because of the deep level of dedication and diligence Hardwick has to his work at TCMH.
“Rick is always ready to lend a hand and he will do anything asked of him,” Moore said.
Moore mentioned that because Hardwick is known for being a great team player, he is often recruited to help out with special projects in departments all over the hospital.
Most recently, Hardwick had been tasked with cleaning the new clinic that TCMH just purchased.
It can be a challenge to find the time outside of patient care to give floors the deep cleaning treatment that they need often enough, but since the clinic has been empty, Hardwick has been able to focus on every detail.
“Rick spent many hours in the newly purchased clinic cleaning the carpet in addition to scrubbing and waxing the tiled floors,” Moore said.
Moore noted that Hardwick cleaned the carpet four times before he was satisfied with the results.
“The clinic looks like a brand new place now thanks to the detailed work that Rick invested there,” Moore explained.
When you work at TCMH most staff agree that it feels like you are a part of a big family, but for Hardwick it is even more than that. Two of his daughters currently work for the hospital, and a third daughter will be joining the TCMH family officially next week.
Jamie Terry, is a registered nurse in the obstetrics department and Winter Lee, is a certified nurse assistant in the emergency department and is currently enrolled in school to become a nurse. Terry and Lee’s sister Mary Nicholson, is a certified nurse assistant and will be working on the medical surgical floor at TCMH.
“We consider it an honor to be able to employ entire families at our hospital,” Wes Murray, TCMH chief executive officer said. “Our community members rely just as much on us as we do on them, and together we are able to continue providing great care in our rural area.”
As employee of the month, Hardwick received a certificate honoring his achievement; a pin; a special parking place in the TCMH lot; one day of paid vacation; a $50 gift card, and gift certificates to Paws N Claws, D&L Florist; Blissful Nirvana Massage, Wehr Motors, Savor Grill and Big Red Car Wash. A reception will be held at the hospital in honor of Hardwick.
Hardwick is eligible for the 2019 TCMH employee of the year award.