As we celebrate National Hospital Week across our ministry, we want to introduce you to a couple of smiling faces you might encounter when visiting two of our Hampton Roads, VA Hospitals.
Whether you are one of our patients or a visitor, it’s possible you’ll come across Kimby Powell who leads the respiratory therapy department at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center or Tyneshia Duck who works in the café at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital.
Here is a closer look at these two outstanding team members who truly go above and beyond.
Kimby Powell, Respiratory Therapy Department Supervisor, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center
Kimby (pictured above, left) has been with our ministry for more than eight years.
Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center leadership shares that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she has kept a positive attitude by encouraging her team when they were challenged with patient volume.
“Kimby is a strong advocate for her patients, and consistently pushes to improve processes – especially those that are ‘the way we’ve always done it.’ She identifies opportunities and takes the initiative to develop and propose alternatives without being asked.”
When we asked Kimby how she stays so positive, she says, “I look at each day as a gift from God. I also go with the flow and change what’s in my power to change. I don’t stress over what I cannot change. To be anything but positive is too draining and serves no productive purpose.”
When Kimby decided to pursue this line of work, she was answering a call to help those in need. She’s always had a heart for mission and has spent a great deal of her life serving those in need.
Kimby had no idea how critical her role would become during the pandemic. It was at this time that she became supervisor of the respiratory therapy department, an area that was critical in the COVID-19 response. In this role she has been given the power to drive change and growth.
To Kimby, National Hospital Week is a time of celebration. It’s also a time to remember the challenges and obstacles health care workers have recently faced.
“… As a team, we have come together to accomplish great things! We are Bon Secours proud, and will continue to make a difference in the lives of the poor, dying and underserved.”
Tyneshia “T” Duck, Café Lead Cashier/Caterer, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
Tyneshia (pictured above, right) has been with Bon Secours for more than a decade in food service.
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital leadership shares that Tyneshia greets all staff members by name, is always happy and will often ask about your family.
“She provides such a positive impact on our team members and visitors.”
The key to Tyneshia’s positivity is to surround herself with positive people who push her to succeed. She enjoys creating a welcoming atmosphere for her coworkers and for the larger staff throughout the facility. Her love for interacting with people and natural spirit for serving others inspired her to pursue a career in customer service.
“I consider my years in food service to be a major impact in making me who I am today,” Tyneshia shares. “The most gratifying and rewarding aspect of my work is when I am actively present, fulfilling my role.”
Like for many others, this past year has been challenging and life changing for Tyneshia. Not only has she continued to serve during the COVID-19 pandemic, she also has also taken on more responsibilities including cafe retail marketing. Her favorite part of this new role is creating seasonal displays that perpetuate happiness to all employees.
For Tyneshia, National Hospital Week is a chance to acknowledge all health care workers and their acts of goodwill as they “embody the mission and vision of Bon Secours.”
We are grateful for Kimby, Tyneshia and all of the many, many health care workers behind the scenes that are critical to the success of our ministry. This National Hospital Week, we recognize and celebrate those who have answered and continue to answer the call to serve.
Learn more about the health care services we offer at Bon Secours.