McCready Announces Recent PEARLS Award Winners








McCready Health recently awarded PEARLS Awards to employees Marcia Johnson, RN; Jeff McCready and Richard Chestnut.Marcia Johnson, RN, of Westover, Md., began her McCready career as a CNA in the nursing home in 1998. She received her LPN in 2000, followed by her RN and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wilmington University. Johnson grew up locally, and her two daughters, stepson and five grandchildren are all local as well.

“McCready is home,” she said. “For a short time, I was director of nursing for a facility near Salisbury, but I wanted to come to McCready to take care of the people who raised me, and they’re here.”

Johnson was honored for her leadership during an electric outage/generator failure, when she stepped up to ensure patient safety and guide staff.

Crisfield resident Richard Chestnut has worked part-time in McCready’s Dietary Department since April 2016. Food is definitely his passion; affectionately known by our residents and his co-workers as “Chestnut,” he also works part-time for Food Lion in Crisfield.

“I deliver food to the nursing home and assisted living residents, and I work in the dishroom. It’s a good place to work. I have fun with the residents – I enjoy interacting with them the most,” he said.

“Chestnut” was nominated for the award after he came upon a resident in distress. He immediately sought assistance so that staff could attend to the resident as quickly as possible.

Jeff McCready of Crisfield is a descendent of Edward W. McCready, McCready Hospital’s namesake. Edward was Jeff’s grandfather’s first cousin and they worked together in the family business. After working for the Ocean Pines, Berlin and Crisfield Police Departments for 24 years, McCready took a part-time job with McCready’s Security Department in 2011, working there for three years before taking a position as evening supervisor in the Dietary Department. In 2015, he joined the Maintenance Department. McCready is well-known throughout the organization for his pleasant and helpful attitude. He and his wife have six children and seven grandchildren between them.

“PEARLS” is an acronym for “Promoting Excellence And Recognizing Legendary Service.” Patients, residents and family members as well as McCready employees and volunteers are welcome to nominate a deserving associate by completing a PEARLS card. PEARLS cards and comment drop-boxes are located throughout the campus to collect all nominations.

All McCready Health PEARLS receive a framed certificate, a gift certificate and the honor of their names added to the engraved plaque in the hospital honoring all monthly PEARLS.

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