Even after working at BWH for 40 years, Charles ‘Biffer’ Eschback, Engineering supervisor, still finds opportunities to expand his knowledge of engineering. It’s a big part of what has kept him working here for four decades.
“I’ve been able to learn and get better at the things I am most interested in throughout my years at the Brigham,” said Eschback. “I love my job because every day is different.”
On June 8, Eschback and hundreds of other BWHers were honored during the 36th annual Employee Service Awards ceremony. BWHers and guests gathered in the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School to celebrate the dedication and achievements of employees who have worked at the hospital in increments of five years, from five to 45 years.
Noisemakers in hand, hospital leaders recognized employees and recounted milestones and major events that took place during the years honorees began working at BWH. Leadership and attendees also danced to snippets of chart-topping songs from those years, including an especially memorable rendition of the Macarena by Julia Sinclair, MBA, senior vice president of Clinical Services, and Paul Anderson, MD, PhD, chief academic officer and senior vice president of Research, whose enthusiasm prompted attendees to join them.
Cherlie Magny-Normilus, PhD(c), FNP-BC, a clinical research nurse practitioner, celebrated 10 years of service at BWH this year. Her favorite moment here was the birth of her nephew.
“It felt good knowing that he was in the best of hands with clinicians whom I am honored to call my colleagues,” she said.
During the ceremony, the audience erupted in applause and gave a standing ovation to Marie Atey, of Phlebotomy, a 45-year recipient.
Vice President of Human Resources Julie Celano thanked employees for their dedication to BWH.
“You have made your lives truly remarkable by giving so much to each other, our patients, their families and our community,” Celano said. “For that, we are deeply grateful.”
Speaking to this year’s recipients, BWHC President Betsy Nabel, MD, said the exceptional care that staff deliver every day is what makes BWH truly special.
“It’s what you do day in and day out that makes us extraordinary,” said Nabel. “From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.”