|Michael Lashley, Kings County Hospital Center|
Michael Lashley, a Nurses Aid in the Kings County Hospital Radiology Department, says that he brings to his job the spirit of service he learned from his uncle, a priest, and his childhood role model.
After 20 years of service, Lashley sees the fruits of that inspiration each day, as his work allows him to make a real difference in patient's lives. His caring and hard work is appreciated by both colleagues and patients. In 2006, his dedication earned him the Kings County Hospital designation as Employee of the Year.
Born in Trinidad, Lashley's family came to the U.S. when he was a child. After his three years of Army service, where he took nursing courses, Lashley was eager to bring his energy and his passion back to the Central Brooklyn community where he was raised. He found his niche at Kings County Hospital Center.
“I always put my self in the shoes of patients, and I treat them the way I'd like to be treated.” said Lashley. “I love doing this kind of work because patients really depend on our care to get well.”
As a member of the radiology health-care team, Lashley always looks for ways to improve the department's efficiency. Most recently his efforts helped increase the speed of patients being transported from the emergency room to the X-ray department. He also processes mammogram films and makes sure the department is well stocked. His colleagues like his positive attitude and willingness to help and regard him as the go-to person in the department.
“Mr. Lashley is compassionate and diligent - someone who goes the extra mile when taking care of patients,” said Manharjit Jaiswal, Associate Director in the Radiology Department. “He is a resourceful, willing worker who is often singled out by patients and their families as that special employee who makes a difference.”
Lashley says he takes great pride in seeing patients recuperate, knowing he contributed to their recovery. He also knows that his thoroughness and efficiency helps speed up the physician’s work, resulting in better outcomes for patients.
The 44-year old Lashley lives in Brooklyn with his wife of 12 years and their two daughters. In his spare time, Lashley enjoys going to the movies, exercising, bike riding and practicing martial arts.