Clay Black epitomizes the idea of lending a helping hand.
In 2021, Clay set a personal goal to spend 80 hours of his time volunteering. By February, he had already surpassed that goal. He volunteers in formal ways, like directing traffic at COVID-19 vaccination clinics, and in informal ways, like helping lost patients figure out where to go in the hospital hallways.
Clay’s coworkers say he’s the best team player they’ve ever worked with. As the Senior Application Analyst for OpTime in anesthesia, he consistently takes on more work than anyone else in his department. Without being asked, he jumps in to offer assistance when he can tell a coworker has too much on their plate. And Clay has mastered the art of the follow-through: When he builds a new documentation screen for surgical services staff, he wants to make sure he understands how they’ll actually use it. He’ll talk to several nurses to ensure the screen meets as many of their needs as possible – and then he’ll check in with them after they’ve used the screens to make sure they worked.
“Clay has taken a lot of time to help new or less experienced analysts learn,” said Cameron Hughes, Information Systems Project Manager. “He wants all of us to succeed so the organization will succeed.”
Clay answers calls on his days off and frequently works additional hours at odd times, a vital and necessary sacrifice on the anesthesia OpTime team, which often has critical last-minute build requests to accommodate patient flow and COVID-19 patients.
Clay’s passion for volunteerism, combined with his humor and good-natured approach to life, inspires his coworkers. In addition to his personal goal for volunteer hours, Clay also donates the maximum amount of blood he can every year.
Clay’s dedication to his teammates and his community makes him a standout colleague and person. His teammates say Clay’s “compassion is contagious.”
Please congratulate Clay Black, NHRMC's Employee of Excellence for April 2021.