Fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is personal for Century Bank in Massachusetts. As many as 150 employees have had to take leave due to the virus, and one employee life was lost. Committed to keeping everyone safe, bank CEO Barry R. Sloane, in partnership with vice president and director of human resources Kathleen McGillicuddy, created five full-time positions for recently graduated nurses to assist in reopening the bank and maintaining health and safety standards in-house.
The five nurses are from longtime bank customer Regis College School of Nursing, which shares Century Bank’s headquarters city of Medford, Mass. Regis College President Toni Hays commended Sloane on this undertaking, noting that “this is not only a way to reopen, but a way to stay open.” Century Bank leadership made the prudent investment to hire these full-time healthcare employees—putting the safety of customers and employees first, and helping to keep the branch open to safely serve the community.
As employees, visitors and vendors enter the headquarters each day, nurses take their temperatures and respectfully deny entry to anyone with a fever. They also help enforce social distancing measures at headquarters, and ensure that everyone in the building is properly wearing a mask and gloves when necessary.