Sep 12th 2011

IEHA Announces 2011 Unsung Hero Award Recipient

Westerville, Ohio — In conjunction with International Housekeepers Week (September 11-17, 2011), the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) has selected Jean Bruny of the environmental services department at Norwood Hospital in Norwood, Massachusetts, as the 2011 Unsung Hero Award recipient. IEHA member Maryann Santisi, Director of Environmental Services for Norwood Hospital, nominated Bruny for the award.

Santisi’s nomination letter identifies a specific example where Bruny reacted quickly and went above and beyond his regular job duties: “On the morning of Thursday, September 9, 2010, Jean Bruny was cleaning the corridor of one on of our psychiatric units, when he heard a disturbance coming from one of the offices. Jean quickly responded and used his master key to unlock the door, intervened and called for assistance.Once the crisis was safely resolved, Jean quietly slipped away and resumed his duties,” explains Santisi.

“Later that day, it was brought to my attention that Jean had resolved a very dangerous situation. The Environment of Care Committee reviewed the matter and recommendations for change have been advanced, insuring that an incident of this nature never happens again. Jean can be described as friendly, hard working, polite, cooperative and flexible — often described as a gentleman by staff in Unit 36. Jean responded to this incident without hesitation and defused a very perilous situation,” says Santisi.

As the 2011 Unsung Facility Hero Award winner, Bruny will receive one complimentary year of membership to IEHA, a certificate of appreciation, a $200 cash bonus and have his story printed in Executive Housekeeping Today magazine. Congratulations, Jean!

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