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Staff News January 2023

January 31, 2023

New Hires

Transfers & Promotions

  • Beth Bossinger, Design Services senior draftsperson, Capital Construction & Renovations Design Services
  • Michael Pouliot, custodial services manager, E&G Custodial Services

Organizational Announcements

Educational & Professional Accomplishments

Brett Shifflett, architect associate with Capital Construction & Renovations Design Services, completed his Master of Architecture degree through Southern Illinois University.

Ashley Grooms, facilities services coordinator with Programs & Informatics, completed her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Liberty University.

Compliments from Customers

Otis Hackett: Otis' professionalism, dedication, tenacity and tireless efforts on behalf of the Medical Center, our patients and staff are well known. His ability to lead highly diverse teams across multiple trades whilst navigating complicated projects and even more complicated end-users, all the time managing multiple schedules, competing interests, and strained logistics and supply chains place Otis as a master of his craft and a model to which others in his profession should esteem. Otis exceeds all expectations and overcomes obstacles, limitations and setbacks so effortlessly and so frequently that it often seems reasonable, though perhaps this is unfair, as to allow one to expect the impossible on each and every project. Often the performance of his duties costs Otis time away from home, his family and friends. He is often called on to take on the most difficult projects and those on evenings and weekend. The UMA Clinic Refresh is but a small example of this. Otis provided a schedule of 1.5 months for completion of this much needed refresh. We were excited about the speed of this proposed timeline. But when additional manpower became available, Otis worked nights and weekends across at least two shifts and was able to deliver the project in approximately 3-weeks. If this weren't enough, Otis had a personal matter on the morning of December 9, the day we were to start the project, most of us in the same position would have called out and appointed a second. Otis showed up at 5 p.m. for phase 1, and in an hour the demolition was about complete for the first three phases. In conversation about the UMA project, Otis told me that, “As I got to thinking, the nurses didn't want to be here anymore than we did over the holidays and I just wanted to finish this project up early for them as a Christmas present from me.” His present was well received by everyone on that unit and I invite everyone to go and see the results for themselves. We are fortunate to have excellent leaders in HSPP and Otis and his peers are all excellent at what they do. But Otis, in particular, is deserving of praise as we move into the new year. If the University were able, I would recommend that they clone Otis and make him a trainer for every project manager that comes into the fold. With tremendous gratitude for a job well done! — Michael Payne, UVA Health Facilities Planning & Capital Development

Construction & Renovation Services hospital gift shop project team: I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the entire team who worked on the Gift Shop HVAC project prior to the holidays. They made a complex process with innumerable moving parts look simple. No small accomplishment under the best of circumstances, their efforts are all the more appreciated given the challenges of supply chain, limitations of access and limitations of resources related to the holidays. Please accept our sincerest gratitude for their great work and professionalism. — Michael Payne, UVA Health Facilities Planning & Capital Development

Best Wishes to FM Retirees

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