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Bryan Barrish Announces Employee of the Year 2011

December 21, 2011

SIR Management in Chicago recently announced the recognition of outstanding employees, “Employee of the Year”, from among its consultant thirteen nursing facilities.  These dedicated, hard-working staff members to be considered for the award have gone above and beyond the call of duty.  Employees were nominated by facility administrators for the “Burton Behr Memorial Award” named in honor of a cherished employee and were selected from the employee of the month winner’s pool.  “Burton Behr was a friend, mentor, partner and my brother-in law who worked for SIR Management and died in 2010”, states Bryan Barrish, President of SIR Management .  “Burton understood well the value of good and exceptional employees and continued to push and direct our facilities to providing the best customer service in every area within our operation.”

 My open letter to SIR Management and our consultant facility’s employees announcing the renaming of the award:

 “Collectively we have over 2,000 employees within SIR Management’s consulting facilities.  Each and every employee plays a role in the success (or failure) of a facility.  I see this when I visit the facilities; the CNA who spends a little extra time with a resident who is nervous about her upcoming doctor visit, the Activity Aide who works one on one with a resident who doesn’t like to participate in group activities, and the housekeeper who talks and visits with residents while he cleans their rooms.  All of them are great employees, and employees we are proud to have working with us.” 

 “In addition to the good employees often there are the exceptional employees – the employees that not only go above and beyond but will do whatever they need to do to make the lives of our residents better; the CNA who shops resale shops on her own time to gather winter coats for residents that don’t have one, the Nurse who walked several miles to get to work in a snowstorm, the PRSC who tirelessly works with a resident to find their long-lost loved one before the resident dies.  These are examples of exceptional employees – employees that not only give a 100% but give 110%.  When I hear about these employees and their stories it warms my heart and reminds me why I got into this business years ago – to make a difference in the lives of others and these employees surely do make a difference.” 

 “The renaming of this award is a tip of my hat to a gentleman who understood our business, who understood that you can’t have good customer services without good employees.”  

 The “Burton Behr Memorial Award” was presented on Friday, December 16, 2011, to the following employees: 

 Employee of the Year – Lenin Rodriguez, Wilson Care

First Runner Up – Deneka Casimero, Albany Care

Second Runner Up – Sharon Walter, Decatur Manor Healthcare

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