NAGS HEAD, N.C.—It was once said that “no man can make his opportunity. He can only make use of such opportunities as they occur.” In today’s economic climate, opportunity is something that comes too far and few between. And at a time when many of us are thankful to have a job, but may not often show it, there are those that still continue to maintain an attitude of professionalism, politeness, teamwork, along with gratitude, for the opportunity that they have been given. For Raimundo Chávez, a Floor Technician at The Outer Banks Hospital, exceptional attitude and appreciation are evidenced in every aspect of his work, and partly why he was selected as January’s Employee of the Month.

With always a smile on his face, Chávez has made the most of the opportunity he has been given. He sets standards for himself and takes pride in his work, making it a point to be productive with his time. But Chávez also exceeds in the meaning of the word teamwork—willing to chip in a helping hand for any one at any time.

But for Chávez, it’s more than an opportunity, its a commitment that he is happy to undertake—accountable for not just one, but two full-time jobs. “The floors have never looked better,” remarked Van Smith, hospital President, during the Employee of the Month Presentation. Chávez is also safety conscious, making sure he advises everyone in the hospital when floors are wet and slippery. He continually exhibits concern if his work might interfere with patient flow and makes adjustments so that the patients’ hospital experience is as pleasant as possible. “Raimundo sees every day as an opportunity to interact visitors and staff, always completing his work with as little inconvenience and with the utmost respect for those in the hospital,” said Mike Lynch, hospital Director of Facilities Services. “He is committed to a job well done and his integrity and professionalism are continually exhibited in not only his work, but also how he responds to circumstances,” added Lynch.

“Raimundo is truly happy to be part of ‘our team’ at The Outer Banks Hospital,” said Chuck Hutchins, hospital Housekeeping Supervisor. “He is polite and courteous to everyone that comes through our doors, and he makes sure he takes the time to speak with patients and staff, addressing them with enthusiasm and grace,” added Hutchins.

“For me, being selected Employee of the Month was a big surprise,” said Chávez. “I am very proud to work at The Outer Banks Hospital and this nomination is very satisfying. I am grateful to those that selected me as Employee of the Month,” added Chávez.

Originally from El Salvador, where he lived for 30 years, Chávez relocated to the Outer Banks more than 8 years ago with his wife, Juana, a cook at Western Sizzlin Restaurant, and two daughters, Jennifer and Caroline. Prior to joining The Outer Banks Hospital, Chávez worked at Western Sizzlin Restaurant as a cook. The family now resides in Kill Devil Hills.

Photo note: Todd Warlitner, hospital Vice President of Business Operations; Mike Lynch, hospital Director of Facilities Services; Chuck Hutchins, hospital Housekeeping Supervisor; and Van Smith, hospital President, congratulate Raimundo on being selected as the Employee of the Month.