GREENSBURG – Retro TV fans know the A-Team as Hannibal, Murdock, “Face,” and B.A. Baracus, a mercenary special forces team out to right the wrongs inflicted upon in-need individuals lucky enough to find the eponymous commando group.
But for Hickory Creek of Greensburg, the “A-Team” is something else entirely: A group of dedicated individuals who give their all each and every day.
And they love it when a (celebratory) plan comes together.
Such was the case Tuesday when a large group of Hickory Creek residents, staff, administrators and community dignitaries converged to honor the facility’s own “A-Team.” Twelve individuals were recognized as employees of the month during 2013, but it was activities director Cheryl Harford who earned the distinction of being named Hickory Creek’s employee of the year.
Harford, who has worked for Hickory Creek since 2009, was described by administrator Jo Ellen “Joey” Kring as knowledgeable, involved, creative and talented. Kring described Harford as having a “can-do attitude” and offered her personal thanks on a job well done.
Harford accepted her award with a hug from Kring and kind words from Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert who joked that Harford’s popularity could make her a formidable future mayoral candidate in her own right. He also offered praise for the services the Hickory Creek employee of the year and all nursing home and assisted living facility staffers provide for older citizens of Decatur County, day in and day out.
“These are special people taking special care of others,” the mayor said. “We are so fortunate to have people like you who care,” Herbert said of Harford.
The award recipient told of how she enjoyed coming to work each day and complimented her team on their daily efforts to provide care for those in need. Harford saved her highest praise, however, for the residents of Hickory Creek.