A new Employee of the Month Program is making third Tuesdays a lot brighter. That’s when honored employees at UNC Hospitals are presented flowers from University Florist, a massage certificate from Massage Envy and a haircut/styling certificate from Great Clips.

Employee of the Month

The new program recognizes employees in eight divisions, including the NC Cancer Hospital, for their dedication, positive attitude and outstanding work ethic.

The idea for the program began with Charles House, longtime Chapel Hill resident and owner of University Florist, who lost his wife, Mary, to cancer in 2001. “Our family had great interactions with the nursing team when Mary was undergoing cancer treatment, so we wanted to honor them for their wonderful care.

“There are a lot of unsung heroes in the medical complex. This program is a way to recognize them for the great work they do in our community.” Mr. House and University Florist have been joined by additional area businesses. Randall Diers, franchise owner for Massage Envy Chapel Hill and Raleigh, agrees. “We appreciate all that the UNC Oncology staff does, and once we heard about the program, we wanted to participate.”

Dr. Mary Tonges, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of the UNC Hospitals Division of Nursing, says, “We are extremely grateful to these local businesses to recognize nursing team members who demonstrate outstanding dedication to patient care, go above and beyond to serve as a resource to colleagues, and exhibit overall excellence in their work. The delivery of flowers and other gifts to these most deserving individuals is a meaningful way to applaud their efforts.”

Cosby Dudley, local franchisee of Great Clips in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, shares the community spirit. “It is important to give back to the local community, and we are particularly excited about supporting this program at UNC Hospitals. These folks take great care of people in need all day long, so it’s nice to be able to do a good deed in return.”