Tyrone Bryant, maintenance director at Life Care Center of Hilton Head, South Carolina, received Life Care Centers of America’s Eastern Division Whatever It Takes And Then Some Award on Aug. 29, 2018, for his dedication to customer service.
Executives from Life Care awarded Bryant a cash prize during an awards ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee. He was chosen from among thousands of associates in the Eastern Division and was one of only eight associates from Life Care’s more than 200 facilities nationwide to receive the award.
While Bryant was particularly praised for outstanding dedication during the fall of 2017.
In late August, Bryant’s daughter Tarenica was involved in a four-wheeler accident and transported to Savannah by helicopter. Although she was in a coma and on a ventilator for weeks, Bryant only missed two work days. When she was stable enough, the doctors determined it was best to move her to Shepard Spinal Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma was headed toward the east coast. Eventually, Life Care Center of Hilton Head had to evacuate its residents to Life Care’s two other centers in South Carolina – in Charleston and Columbia.
“During the week leading up to the evacuation order, while his daughter was still gravely ill, Tyrone worked tirelessly to prepare our facility to weather Hurricane Irma, which at one point looked like it could make landfall as a category 5 storm very close to us,” said Lynn Kilpatrick, executive director.
Evacuation day turned out to be Sept. 8, the same day for Tarenica’s transfer. Bryant still chose to attend to the residents’ needs as the facility team evacuated them. He drove a U-Haul full of equipment, emergency food and water supplies to Columbia, unloaded and then drove to Charleston, where he unloaded the rest of the supplies. He also secured the facility and notified emergency management services of the evacuation.
“While we were evacuated, Tyrone worked constantly to make sure all our equipment was properly labeled and accounted for,” Kilpatrick shared. “Whether we needed a driver to take a nurse from Charleston to Columbia or needed someone to bring certified nursing associates back and forth from the hotel at all hours, Tyrone was the go-to guy. He was a hurricane hero.”
Thankfully, Bryant’s daughter has made progress in her recovery and returned home to South Carolina in January 2018.
“I love what I do, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world,” said Bryant. “It’s in my heart 100 percent.”
Life Care Centers of America’s Whatever It Takes And Then Some program rewards associates for extraordinary acts of kindness. Monthly awards are presented in Life Care facilities nationwide based on nominations from fellow associates, family members, residents and guests. Each facility then chooses an annual winner, from which the divisional winners are selected.
“Dedicated caregivers routinely go far above and beyond their job descriptions, and Tyrone Bryant certainly demonstrates by his example their professionalism and compassion for the residents they serve,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “We are proud of Tyrone and the thousands he represents in their selfless approach to the needs of others.”