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IEHA announces award recipient

September 13, 2011

WESTERVILLE, OH — In conjunction with International Housekeepers Week, the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) has announced the 2011 recipient of the Unsung Hero award, according to a press release.

International Housekeepers Week is September 11-17, and is held each year to recognize the hardwork that housekeepers do every day, the release stated.

According to the release, the 2011 Unsung Hero award recipient is Jean Bruny of the environmental services department at Norwood Hospital in Norwood, Massachusetts.

Bruny was nominated by Maryann Santisi, director of environmental services for Norwood Hospital, the release noted.

"In Unit 36 at Norwood Hospital, we treat individuals with behavioral health issues ranging from psychiatric disorders to substance abuse. On the morning of Thursday, September 9, 2010, Jean Bruny was cleaning the corridor of Unit 36 when he heard a disturbance coming from one of the offices. Someone was calling for help. Jean quickly responded and tried to open the door. Realizing it was locked, he removed his key ring and, using his master, unlocked the door. Inside, a patient was assaulting a physician. Jean restrained the patient and assistance came quickly. In the midst of the activity that followed, Jean quietly slipped away and resumed his duties," said Santisi in her nominating letter.

Santisi indicated the event as an example where Bruny reacted quickly and went above and beyond his regular job duties, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.