Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Charleston VAMC employees honored as 2012 Federal Employees
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is pleased to honor Mr. David Bennett and Mr. Robert Darley as recipients of the Federal Executive Association of the Greater Charleston Area’s 2012 Federal Employees of the Year Award.
Bennett, medical equipment repairer, was awarded the Outstanding Trade/Craft Employee Award for his outstanding efforts in saving money for the VA Medical Center through his creative work and ideas. Bennett is involved in many critical areas of operation for the VAMC that are considered direct patient care, such as overall management and oversight of 98 patient beds, 64 patient lifts, and piped medical gas distribution.
“There’s no way I could have saved that much money and accomplished all I did without the help of the entire team’s effort,” said Bennett. “My dad always told me to ‘pay attention to what you’re doing and always try to do your best’ and that’s what I always try to do.”
Darley, energy manager, is the recipient of the Outstanding Scientific/Professional Employee Award. Darley’s energy saving efforts, such as successfully pursuing Retro-Commissioning (RCx) as a means to reduce energy consumption, resulted in the VA Medical Center successfully exceeding all energy reduction, water reduction and sustainability goals for 2012.
“The award was possible with the support of the entire department,” said Darley. “It was an honor to accept the award on behalf of Engineering and Maintenance.”
The Greater Charleston Federal Executive Association has sponsored the Federal Employee of the Year (FEOY) Awards Program as a means of publicizing the high caliber of devoted and dedicated civilian and military employees of the Federal service. Awards are issued primarily in recognition of exemplary job performance and contributions to the Government, public, or community, with other factors given appropriate consideration.