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Detric A
Detric is a Painter for Medxcel in Jacksonville, Florida. As a Painter, Detric is responsible for applying primers, paints and stains to walls, ceilings, equipment, and furniture. He and his team may also work with signage and other surfaces such as parking lots, streets, and athletic play areas from time to time. He and his team are responsible for three hospital campuses in the Jacksonville, Florida area.
 
The benefits at Medxcel are really great. As soon as I came on board I had PTO. There are not a lot of companies that start you off with PTO day one.

Describe your day-to-day responsibilities.

Above everything else, my responsibility is to enhance the patient experience by making sure that the aesthetics of the hospital are pleasing to the eye. We do more than just painting. We do wall repairs and patch holes and work on trim. The hallways and patient rooms provide the bulk of our work, but we take care of anything that’s a painted surface. Most days we begin at 7am and we start with a hands-on meeting to discuss our work for the day. We’re a four-man team and sometimes we break into groups of two to tackle the painting. Two of us will go in and cut the walls in with paint brushes, and the other two follow behind rolling the paint. We pick a hallway, apply the primer coat, and then finish with the final coat. Basically once we finish the hospital it’s time to start again. Our team of four covers three hospital campuses in the Jacksonville, Florida area.
 

Describe the path you took to arrive in your current role.

I’ve been painting for about nine years now and I’ve found the more you do it, the better you get. I started out working in the shipyards of Virginia, painting aircraft carriers and submarines. There I dealt with epoxy paints, and products that would start smoking in a bucket after seven minutes. I worked there for four years and then I moved to Florida and did residential and commercial painting. At that point I moved from painting steel to painting stucco and drywall. When the pandemic hit, I was laid off. I applied for a job at Medxcel, and I really love it. Thankfully I came out in a much better place after losing my previous job.
 

What is the best part of your job?

I’ve painted aircraft carriers, submarines, houses, and commercial buildings. I can tell you the thing I like best about this job with Medxcel is working indoors all of the time, especially here in the Florida heat! I also find the work very rewarding. I’m the type of person who loves to be part of a metamorphosis. I like to see things start in one condition and end up completely different. I enjoy that progression and I love taking a wall from one color to the next or taking a damaged surface and making it as close to perfect as possible. That’s very satisfying to me.
 

How do you feel your job impacts the patient experience?

Different colors evoke different emotions. If you have a dark or dreary room, putting a lighter, brighter color on the wall can really make a huge different in uplifting someone’s spirits. I enjoy working in the hospital setting and hearing positive comments after we’ve changed the colors and applied fresh paint. Hearing comments such as “This looks so nice now” or “it’s so much brighter in here now” make me feel good about what we do. I love to see someone’s expression change based on the work I’ve done.
 

Which of Medxcel’s Core Values is most important to you?

Integrity is very important to me. Integrity means doing what needs to be done, even if no one is watching. I was taught the importance of that early in life and it was really enforced in my time working in the military setting. People don’t have time to babysit you when you work, you need to have the drive to do your best at all times, regardless of whether someone is watching you or not. It speaks a lot about your character when you have integrity and that’s something I take pride in. I love to leave a room and then people have nothing but good things to say about my work; that’s something that means a lot to me.
 

What would you say to someone considering working for Medxcel?

I love working for Medxcel. The team that I work with and everybody here at the hospital is just wonderful. Even those who don’t know me personally, and even with all of us working with masks on, everyone is friendly and welcoming. I couldn’t ask for a better schedule as a painter; I work Monday through Friday 7:00am-3:30pm and being here in Florida I love working inside. The benefits at Medxcel are really great. As soon as I came on board I had PTO. There are not a lot of companies that start you off with PTO day one. With all that’s going on during the pandemic and having two children, PTO allows me the flexibility to be there for them when they’re sick or need me for another reason. As a painter you don’t always get benefits and the benefits here are terrific.
 

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