WILLIAMSBURG — This week, one local health care worker was honored for going above and beyond in her job.
Saving Grace Home Care, a Williamsburg-based home health care service, asked other local healthcare companies to nominate their “health care hero.”
The idea originated when Saving Grace Home Care chose to celebrate one of their own employees, Glenda Keen.
“She is a rockstar,” Mary Brown, director of Saving Grace Home Care, said. “She’s worked doubles, she’s worked triples in the snow and the rain. She’s never called out sick, never come in late, never complained.”
“We just know that when she’s on the case of an elderly or disabled person that they are going to get the care that we tell everyone in the community that we offer, but she is going to go 10 steps above that,” Brown added.
The company presented Keen with gifts to show their appreciation. After that, Brown decided to recognize another “health care hero,” and asked for nominations from other local health care companies.
“The response was really good,” Brown said.
Dee Dee McCoy, a health care worker with Williamsburg Landing, was chosen for this year’s award. Williamsburg Landing’s Chief Clinical Officer Vonnie Adams said that McCoy was nominated for always putting residents’ needs first.
“She is an exemplary employee,” Adams said. “Residents continue to put her name at the top of their list when sending in compliments or nominations for performance awards. She truly brings to life the words of Williamsburg Landing’s mission and cultural values.”
Saving Grace Home Care surprised McCoy at her workplace and presented her with a gift basket and a $200 check.
Brown said that she would like to continue the “health care hero” contest in the future.
“We just want the community to know that, with all the bad stuff that’s going on, there are people in the trenches that need to be celebrated,” she said.