Health System Helps Hourly Worker Reach Personal Goals


It’s been a year since Montserrat Morales joined the Bon Secours Richmond Health System. And if you ask her, she’ll say it’s been a great year.

“Bon Secours is something different,” said Morales who is an hourly worker at St. Francis Medical Center. “It’s amazing. I really enjoy working for the hospital.”

Morales, a native of Bolivia who has been in the U.S. for 21 years, works in the St. Francis café and helps with the delivery of patient meals. Her mother, Elsa Barrientos, works in St. Francis housekeeping/environmental services and encouraged Morales to leave employment at Willow Oaks Country Club and join Bon Secours.

“Working here is different,” said Morales, who is a single mother to a 3-year-old daughter. “Bon Secours is giving me the opportunity to reach my own personal goals.”

Enrolled in Bon Secours’ School at Work, Morales is sharpening her skills through the program that helps entry- level employees prepare for more advanced studies and a career in health care. After completing School at Work, Morales wants to further her education and one day become a social worker.

“I want to teach my daughter that I can be a single mom and work and get an education and be a good example for her,” Morales said. “Bon Secours is giving me the chance to grow up as a person. I can get an education for me that will also help my daughter.”

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