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Resident selected as Morris Hospital’s Fire Starter of the Month

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 9:28 p.m. CST
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Joe Figueroa, of Coal City, is the Morris Hospital August Fire Starter of the Month.

MORRIS – Like a ray of sunshine, Joe Figueroa, of Coal City, spreads warmth to everyone he touches as an Engineering Technician at Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers.

Throughout the organization, he has a reputation for being kind, respectful, professional, honest and trustworthy, according to a news release from the hospital. These qualities, along with his trademark smile, make Figueroa the kind of guy everyone loves working with. For these reasons, Figueroa was selected as Morris Hospital August Fire Starter of the Month.

Having worked as a medic in the military for eight years, Figueroa said he was familiar with the hospital setting. While he has become the Morris Hospital Facility department’s data line specialist, he is considered a jack-of-all-trades and responds to a wide range of requests. As a result, he gets to interact with staff in just about every department and every Morris Hospital facility.

Morris Hospital Facilities Supervisor Mike Strnad said Figueroa is a good ambassador for the department.

For Figueroa, the secret to his success is treating his co-workers like customers and keeping a smile on his face. He takes time to listen and observe, and when he doesn’t know the answer, he gets one.

He said his work with Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers gives him much satisfaction in return.

In early civilizations, fire starters were the individuals who had the important job of keeping the flame alive. As Fire Starter of the Month, Figueroa received a Grundy County Chamber of Commerce gift certificate, a special “Fire Starter” lapel pin and a designated parking spot for the month. Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is one of the largest employers in Grundy County with more than 1,050 employees.

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