After 28 years on the job, Briscoe keeps on pedaling
Longtime worker recognized for ‘spunk’ and dedication
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Yvonne Briscoe (second from right) is surprised Wednesday afternoon by a new award named after her in appreciation for her 28 years of dedication at Jordan Health Services. Also pictured left to right are: RN Case Manager Brenda Tubb, RN Sheila Koon and CEO Roy Serpa.

 
Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Oct. 12, 2006 - In this day and age,  it is very rare that one person's career spans more than 20 years. Even more unheard of is an individual employed at the same job for 10, 15, 20 years.

But most people aren't like Yvonne Briscoe, described by co-workers and friends as "spunky," energetic and dedicated.

Briscoe has been employed with Jordan Health Services for 28 years, and has worked uncomplaining with the same client for the past 13 years, according to her supervisor.

On Wednesday afternoon, under the guise of a "mandatory meeting," Briscoe's supervisor, family and client honored her years of dedication with a special ceremony at Jordan Health Services' main office in Mount Vernon.

She was presented with an award which has a bicycle etched into it, signifying the 4-mile round-trip ride she made each day from her home to her client's home on her bike until six years ago.

You read correctly — the 61-years-young Yvonne Briscoe rode that bicycle to and from the home of her client.

She may have been forced to give up her bike six years ago, but not even knee trouble could keep the sprightly Sulphur Springs woman from her helping her client.

She just found a new ride -- aboard the TRAX bus which she continues to ride to and from work, providing home health services.

"Yvonne was hired in January 1978 and has worked for the same client for the past 13 years. Although her tenure and client service alone set her apart, it is her unmatched dedication which truly separates Yvonne from the pack," said Brenda Tubb, who along with her registered nurse supervisor, Sheila Koon, presented the award to Briscoe Wednesday. "When you work with Yvonne Briscoe, the words spunk, energy, dedication and detailed come to mind."

"Yvonne's clients really love her," said Koon. "She is a dedicated individual, full of energy and a great employee. She takes real pride in her job and is very organized."

In addition to the award, Briscoe was also given a small monetary check of thanks and honored with a reception attended by her family, friends and co-workers.

"Jordan Health Services is lucky to have Yvonne Briscoe as an employee and challenges other JHS employees to strive for such dedication," another Jordan Health administrator said.

In the future, Jordan Health Services will present the "Briscoe Award"  in Yvonne's honor annually to a home health provider, nominated by the person's immediate supervisor, to "recognize those who continually demonstrate a level of dedication unmatched in today's work force."

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