Ministry of Health retirees thanked for their service

Ministry of Health retirees thanked for their service
Ministry of Health retirees are recognized for their years of service during a ceremony at Wesley Methodist Church on Friday, December 18, 2020. From left are Virginia Gaitor, Patrice Smith-Hanna, Jania Darville-McPhee, Angela Hepburn, Ava Gardiner-Thompson, Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Prenell King-Rolle, Ministry of Health Acting Undersecretary Siobhan Deane, Ezekiel Munnings and Valeria Percentie (representing her brother, Dr Leatendore Percentie). (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Twenty-seven retired Ministry of Health employees were recognized for their “dedication, commitment and hard work over many years” at a recent ceremony held at Wesley Methodist Church.

The celebration was hosted by Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Prenell King-Rolle under the theme “A New Beginning”.

“Honorees, each of you has played a role in dispensing healthcare across the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,” King-Rolle said.

“Some of you are doctors, nurses, dental personnel, administrators, security guards and allied health, clerical and custodial workers.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I would be remiss if I did not recognize the number of nurses retiring this year. Through this retirement exercise 14 or 54 percent of the total amount represent more than 450 collective years of service.

“Included in this mix is our very own Nurse Marcel Johnson, trailblazer and former director of nursing — 48 years of service.

“We know that nurses have historically been highly respected in the communities and in recognition of their valuable work, this year has been designated the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. We again thank all nurses for the compassion, courage and committed care demonstrated in New Providence and throughout our Family Islands.

“Honorable mention is made of Dr Mercianna Moxey, senior medical officer, whose years as the national surveillance lead physician have assisted in ensuring health safety across our archipelago.”

Ministry of Health retirees during a ceremony to recognize them for their years of service on Friday, December 18, 2020 at Wesley Methodist Church. (BIS PHOTO/PATRICK HANNA)

King-Rolle also thanked retirees for their assistance in preparing the next generation.

“Interestingly, it is no secret that the Public Service has seen a decline in its strategic preparation from those who are retiring,” she noted.

“We have also seen a reduction in the willingness of more mature and seasoned employees to coach the millennial generation of employees to perform at their best.

“These Millienials are wise, quick, very tech-savvy and they want to see results fast and they want it now. Oftentimes, they are not willing to expend long hours and to dedicate the focused attention required to complete an assignment and are not familiar with the Public Service protocols.

“However, your experience, understanding, insightfulness and patience effectively guided them to the level they need to [achieve] to step in your shoes and continue the work. Your willingness to mentor shows that you care about our fellow employees.”

Training and mentorship provide preparation that contributes to better-equipped employees, the permanent secretary said, noting that some may have found great job satisfaction in providing encouragement to the younger ones being mentored.

“Thank you for doing your part,” she told them. “You will be missed but not forgotten.”