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MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island has named Ray Welcome of Evergreen Park its 2012 Employee of the Year. Welcome was chosen from more than 1,000 employees. He and a guest will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville in March.

Employees are nominated for the award by their hospital peers based on commitment to patient care, professionalism, and contributions on the job. Welcome is a patient transporter and is referred to as "Ray the Man." He has worked for MetroSouth since 1983, and during those 29 years has not been late or missed a day of work.