Housekeeping Week Makes a Lasting First Impression at Naval Hospital Bremerton

Story by Douglas Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton

Housekeeping Week Makes a Lasting First Impression at Naval Hospital Bremerton

Naval Hospital Bremerton Housekeeping staff took some well-deserved time off of their daily busy schedule to celebrate National Housekeeping Week with a potluck and congratulatory pronouncements from NHB leadership and Skookum executive members (Official Navy photo by Douglas H Stutz).

Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) culminated the week-long recognition of the Skookum housekeeping staff by honoring them at their Housekeeping Week luncheon on September 16, 2016.

“You only get one chance to make a first impression. When patients and visitors walk in to our facility they always compliment how clean and orderly it is. It means a lot to them and to us. The cleanliness is important and helps with our overall patient safety initiatives, even the Joint Commission during our last accreditation visit commented on how clean our hospital is,” said Capt. David K. Weiss, Naval Hospital Bremerton Commanding Officer.

“It’s always an honor to celebrate our staff’s hard work in helping the Navy and Naval Hospital Bremerton’s patient-safety,” added Skookum President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Dolven.

There are approximately 30 housekeeping staff members who work three shifts, the whole week, for the entire year. Their dedication has not gone unnoticed. There have been numerous favorable comments shared with NHB leadership for their continual service.

“It is truly a pleasure to work with our housekeeping staff every day. I thank them all for what they do. Their work does get noticed. It makes us look good and we could not do our jobs without every one,” stated Ms. Gail Crone, NHB Facility Management operation specialist.

For some of the housekeeping staff, it’s been a labor of love for many years. Since July, 1998, Remy Deleon has worked at NHB. She plans on continuing to add on to her 28 years of service at the only command she has been assigned.

“Everyone at NHB has always been so nice. Military and civilian staff members like us and appreciate what we do. It’s always been nice to feel like a part of the team,” Deleon said.

“We thank everyone for their hard work and dedication,” said Violeta Candare, Housekeeping swing shift supervisor and 26 year employee.

For Deleon, Candare and the others, it’s all in a long day’s work for the housekeeping staff at NHB. Seven days a week, 365 days a year

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