December 19, 2013
A VA Nurse has been named the 2013 Employee of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Gene Williams, an RN in the Spinal Cord Unit at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, was recognized for his hard work and dedication to caring for Veterans with spinal cord injuries.
“So many of the VA nurses who take care of spinal cord patients are exceptional,” says David Fowler, President, PVA Texas. “I nominated Gene because he is such a quiet guy, who never takes the credit he deserves. He goes above and beyond the call of duty. We thought that it was time to recognize him for all of the years of selfless service he has given his Veteran patients.”
A Veteran himself, Williams has been a nurse at the Houston VA for about 20-years. He says he is honored by this award.
“You really feel connected to the patients here, and they want you to call them by their first name,” says Williams of his experience working at the Houston VA. “The patients really are just like family to me.”
Over the years, Williams has not only provided care for many Veterans with spinal cord injuries, but he has also done volunteer work to help Veterans.
“I’ve volunteered for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in the past. One of my patients needed my help and support during his event, so I was there.”
Over the 20-years that Williams has worked at the Houston VA, he has seen a lot of technological advances and research done to help spinal cord injury patients.
“One of my most memorable experiences here was the first time I saw a patient walk again. It really gave me goose bumps, and I knew that I was part of the team that helped the patient walk again.”
Williams said his goal is to treat every patient as if they were a member of his family.