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Special to The Sun
WELLINGTON — George Brewer, maintenance supervisor and longtime employee, received top honors as Collingsworth General Hospital’s (CGH) 2020 STAR of the Year was announced by the hospital in February.
Fast approaching his 10th anniversary with the CGH, Brewer was nominated four times in the fourth quarter of 2020 for his willingness to take on additional responsibilities during bad weather, and when the hospital was short staffed. His kindness and positive attitude were also recognized.
Interestingly, Brewer was the first employee to receive a STAR award when the program was initiated in May 2015 to recognize employees who exemplify the attributes of Service, Teamwork, Attitude and Results. At the time, he received three nominations, with employees, patients and visitors all recognizing his work ethic and willingness to always help, no matter the job.
“George comes to work every day with a smile on his face, does a great job maintaining our facilities and pitches in wherever else he is needed,” said Candy Powell, hospital administrator. “So it is no surprise that he has received a total of 15 STAR nominations since 2015 and is among our most nominated employees.”
What is the secret to Brewer’s positive attitude? According to Brewer, he owes it all to the other staff at CGH.
“We have a great team here who all work together to serve the community,” he shared. “I feel like it is my job to help them in any way I can to do their jobs.”
Prior to joining CGH, Brewer worked at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch outside of Amarillo for 16 years. He left this position in 2007 and, with his wife Kathy, returned home to Wellington where he owned an appliance repair business for the next five years.
The Brewers have two daughters, Meagan O’Rear and Abby Cole, a son-in-law Ethan Cole and five grandchildren, Jorgia, Maverick, Gia, Cody and Bradley who also live in Wellington.
The STAR program was initiated by CGH to recognize employees who exemplify the four attributes represented by the letters. Employees may be nominated by another employee, physician, patient or visitor. Nomination forms and boxes have been placed in the clinic and hospital lobbies to allow the entire community to participate in this process.
A total of 21 employees received one or more nominations in 2020, with Rudy Garza, hospital receptionist, Vikki Barton, chief nursing officer and Carrie Martinez, administrative assistant, named STARS for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters respectively.
“This program is one of the ways that we recognize the great employees we have at CGH and Collingsworth Family Medicine,” explained Powell. “I want to congratulate everyone who was nominated for a job well done.”