BELLAIRE — The employees at Country Club Retirement Campus in Bellaire set ought in 2008 to improve the quality of care for its residents by implementing safe work practices and being as careful as possible.
Thier hard work paid off as the Belmont County Safety Council recently awarded the CCRC staff with two service awards. The first was an achievement award for 25 percent or greater reduction in workplace incidents for its staff.
The second, and equally impressive is the 100 percent award, given to an organization that has zero injuries or illnesses that result in a day or more away from work during the calendar year.
“We wanted to stress the importance of safety and promote a sense of everyone working together,” said Jen Kelley, staff liaison for CCRC.
In order to foster a sense of a safe working environment, Kelley and her staff devised a game that while teaching the importance of job safety, gave employees and incentive to stick with the program, Safety Bingo.
Each member of the staff receives a bingo card and a number is pulled every day. If the person works that day, and there are no accidents, they can place a mark on their bingo card.
The game stops when there is a injury resulting in time lost. Each game winner pockets $50 and the pot continually builds after each game. If there is no time missed for six months, the staff plays for a flatscreen TV.
After the staff at CCRC was honored by the safety council, Kelley decided a party was in order to reward the employees for their hard work.
What their hard work translates to is better care for the residents at County Club Retirement Campus.
“It makes our residents happy, for one, because our staff is working together and safely,” Kelley said. “If we have to lift a resident or move them, instead of one employee doing it all by themselves, which could hurt not only the employee, but more importantly, the resident, we work as a team.
“It’s more safe for our residents and also a better feeling of caring with two people helping versus one.
“We make the extra effort to make sure they are safe.”
THE?STAFF?at Country Club Retirement Campus in Bellaire poses for a picture during their safety party on June 24. Pictured from left to right, are: First row, Margie Urbanek, Tracie Cole, Colleen DeBlasis, Clara Honeycutt. Middle row Maria Courtney, Sharon Donahue, Diana Wagner, Lisa Shaver, Jennifer Kelley, Marie D’Innocenzo and Georgie Gray. Back row Pam Sulek, Deb McGuffin, Mandy Hocking, Kelly Cramer, John Kennedy, John McGarry, Buffy Parker and Louie Passa.