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Employee of the Month

August 11, 2022

     Richard Giraud achieved the Employee of the Month Award this June at Westview Health Care Center. Richard performs his duties in the Support Services Department of the Dayville skilled nursing facility—and to him, this means doing anything that is required to maintain the operations and appearances at Westview. Gardening, painting, and moving equipment are just a few of the many responsibilities that he takes on each day. No matter what the job is, he does everything and anything he can as a means to assist his coworkers. Richard further compliments his abilities by joyously interacting with Westview residents and staff along his daily routine; always saying good morning/good afternoon, asking how that person’s day is going—and whenever needed, asking if there is anything he can do to help.

     Richard was Born in Puerto Rico; growing up with his grandparents as major figures in his life. He credits his great respect for elders to this multi-generational upbringing. Richard graduated from Rio Piedras High School in San Juan, Puerto Rico and concentrated his education in Accounting Management. He enjoys travelling back to Puerto Rico whenever possible, and has several more destinations that he looks forward to visiting. Whenever he returns from his journeys, he is sure to keep his smartphone handy to show people the gorgeous scenes that he sees. Richard is a big fan of sports spectatorship. He likes to pass time enjoying athletes’ individual pursuits in the sports of boxing and mixed martial arts and favoring the team conquests of regional icons like the Boston Celtics and the New England Patriots.

     Whenever any colleague, patient, or visitor at Westview comes into contact with Richard, his optimistic fortitude is evident as he goes about his business. His humble, hard-working personality appears through his actions and in his words. “It’s an honor to be chosen as Employee of the Month. I feel good every day with the people I work with—we all feel like a family at Westview. The staff here is so kind and friendly.” Richard went on to express further appreciation: “It truly is a pleasure being employed here. Thank you so much for this award!”

     Westview Health Care Center Administrator David T. Panteleakos sees Richard frequently; enjoying not only his total effort towards maintaining the aesthetics and functions at Westview, but also his delightful disposition during their interactions. “Richard’s work is very thorough when he is called upon, and so is his desire to make people smile as he makes his rounds.” Mr. Panteleakos spoke to the importance of the facility’s cross-department reliability: “In his role in our Support Services Department, there are so many ways that I witness him improving the lives of our Westview family. This, in turn, improves the lives of our most important population here at Westview: our residents and patients.

Westview Health Care Center is a 103-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, which includes a distinct and self-contained 28-bed sub-acute short term rehabilitation unit and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapies including: Sports Medicine, Adolescent/Pediatric, Adult, and Aquatic Outpatient Centers, all dedicated to providing outstanding quality health care services. The Dayville, Connecticut facility is consistently ranked among the top nursing facilities in the nation, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as U.S. News and World Report, consecutively for the past 14 years.

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