Raymond (Ray) Freeland’s name is synonymous with his huge smile and infectious energy his colleagues have come to admire. Ray is also meticulous, downright zealous about his work as an environmental attendant at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC). He often goes above and beyond for the patients his work impacts. For this combination of dedication and passion, Ray was named AAMC’s April Champion Award winner.
A Baltimore native, Ray was studying IT when he started looking for new opportunities away from the city. He heard from different sources that AAMC had several positions open before he started looking for jobs in the Annapolis area. He was offered the position this February and by March, he was on campus learning about the ins and outs of the Environmental Services Department.
Ray explains that to keep a hospital clean is the foundation of a hospital itself. “If it’s not clean, then everyone is going to get sick,” he says. He also sees his work as contributing to the wellbeing of others. “It’s not about what I am supposed to do or not, it’s about the patients and making them feel comfortable.”
Now, Ray is happy to add Champion Award winner to the many positive things for which he’s known. “There’s nothing like application and feeling valued,” he says.
Pro tip: “If you have a positive attitude towards your job – no matter what the job is or how bad your day is going – you’ll have a good day. Every day is a good day; it’s up to you to make it a great day.”