Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
In the presence of their peers, three employees from Overton Brooks VA Medical Center earned Employee of the Year within their respective categories in a ceremony here, Thursday, March 13.
The audience clapped as Steve McCleary, Bryan Hughes, and Dr. Neville Dossabhoy were recognized for their outstanding contributions to Overton Brooks VA.
“I’m humble,” Steve McCleary said. “I was just doing my job. I can’t think of anything better than this.”
McCleary, a maintenance supervisor with Engineering Service at Overton Brooks VA, was awarded for “due diligence in solving the problems..,” according to his citation. His efforts prevented more damage from being done to other pieces of equipment as well as the building itself.
Bryan Hughes, registered nurse, also received Employee of the Year for his “willingness to stay and assist a Veteran past his tour of duty,” which “exemplifies his professionalism and dedication to Veterans at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center,” according to his award citation.
“I’m just thankful. I didn’t expect this,” Hughes said. “I thought I was just doing my job.”
Dr. Neville Dossabhoy was recognized as the Physician of the Year for his work as the Chief of the Nephrology Section at Overton Brooks VA.
“I am very thankful to work with the residents, fellows and nurses on the staff,” Dr. Dossabhoy said. “Their work has served as the basis for my research and I’m also very thankful for Overton Brooks VA and the opportunity they have provided me for my research.”
In addition to serving on numerous committees, Dr. Dossabhoy’s research has also increased the professional reputation Overton Brooks VA.
“Dr. Dossabhoy has been extremely active in clinical research for the last seven years,” his citation reads. “His research activities serve to improve medical knowledge, enhance and enrich the training of our medical students, interns, residents, fellows and junior faculty.
However, most importantly it helps to improve the medical care of our veteran patients.”
In addition to his accomplishments, Dr. Dossabhoy was also recognized for being a “compassionate physician who utilizes his medical knowledge and experience to explain to patients their diseases and problems.”
“He is able to relate to patients in such a skillful way that puts them at peace,” said Dr. Patrick McGauly, chief of staff at Overton Brooks VA. “He does it all— he writes, does research, he’s a clinician and does community outreach. Because of his efforts, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center is known in many ways that it wouldn’t be known otherwise.”
Eric Glover, associate director at Overton Brooks VA, served as the keynote speaker for the event, relating the traits and attributes of those who were recognized.
“To be a leader you have to have confidence and a willingness to take responsibility for the future,” Glover said. “If you think you look funny on a horse, you can’t lead a cavalry charge.”
Glover went on to state that leaders do not rest on first or last impressions, but seek to prove themselves every day.
“A famous author, Albert Camus, once said ‘Don’t wait for the last judgment. It happens every day.’” Glover said. “Do not let adversity knock you down. It’s all in how we respond and bounce back. In the end, you will either make a small change— or change the world. You make a life by what you give.”
Each Employee of the Year was an Employee of the Month for 2013. They are divided into three categories— Administrative Employee of the Year, Clinical Employee of the Year and Physician of the Year. A committee chooses from a group of 12 employees for two of the recipients, while an election is held for Physician of the Year, according to the Human Resources Department at Overton Brooks VA.