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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Employees Recognized at Public Service Awards

May 7, 2008

Award recipients

HOUSTON — Today, the Houston Federal Executive Board and the Federal Business Association presented two public service awards to employees of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC).

Approximately 25,500 federal employees work for more than 100 Federal agencies in the Houston/Galveston area.  The public service recognition awards are one of the most important and coveted forms of non-monetary recognition available to employees of the United States Government. 

The award winners from the MEDVAMC are William Aguilar, Trades and Crafts category and Kenneth Cooper, Customer Service category.

As the maintenance mechanic supervisor for the MEDVAMC, Aguilar established a safety policy for patients in the Incentive Therapy Program who work in the engineering shops and developed a standard operating procedure for maintaining the smoke barriers, fire walls, and fire doors as part of the building maintenance program for the MEDVAMC. He also served as co-chairman for the logistics committee for the 2007 National Veterans Golden Age Games held in Houston and received the Bill Givens Award for his exceptional commitment to the event.

Cooper serves as the MEDVAMC medical administrative assistant during the midnight to 8 a.m. shift, ensuring clinical and administrative elements work together effectively and efficiently to meet the health care needs of patients. In the past year, he has worked diligently to improve patient flow and speed up the admissions process between the Emergency Room and nursing units. Functioning as a patient representative after hours, veterans and their family members have expressed their gratitude for his compassion, consideration, and kindness.

The Federal Executive Boards were established in 1961 by a Presidential Directive to improve coordination among Federal activities and programs outside of Washington, D.C. The need for effective coordination among the field activities of Federal departments and agencies was then, and is still, very clear. Approximately 88 percent of all Federal employees work outside the national capital area. Federal programs have their impact largely through the actions of the field representatives of the departments and agencies.

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