Spotlight on Employee Service: Georgia Turner

If you hear someone in Unit 600 with an infectious laugh, or perhaps even singing, chances are it’s Georgia Turner.  She currently works as a patient care tech in outpatient surgery, but chuckled when she added that she’s been here so long, she has practically worked in the entire hospital.

“I started here when I had little babies.  Now they have babies and grandchildren.”  When Georgia is not at TMC taking care of her patients, she is caring for her 6-year-old great granddaughter.  “We’re best friends,” she says.

A true people-person, Georgia says it’s the patients who have made her time here so enjoyable.  Barbara Niles, Clinical Nurse Lead, uses the word “consistent” to describe Georgia.  “She is always kind to every patient.  She has a great sense of humor,” she says.  “Other employees look to her for knowledge, experience, and expertise with patient care.”

As Georgia celebrates this milestone, she admits it’s one she still finds hard to believe.  “It went by so fast…just like yesterday, practically.”  Although she doesn’t want to “hang it up” anytime soon, she knows that eventually that day will come….but not until she has the opportunity to work in the new tower.

From all of us here at TMC, thank you, Georgia, for your 40 years of service.

Spotlight on Employee Service: Service Pin Ceremony

It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of year again, where we shine the spotlight on some extraordinary employees, and celebrate their many years of service to Tucson Medical Center.  The annual Service Pin Ceremony in which TMC honors employees who have reached a five-year milestone of consecutive service, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Westin La Paloma.

We wanted to dish up some much-deserved kudos for these employees ahead of the event as well.  Starting today, you can read about these incredible people, and their memories from their time at TMC.  This year, we are giving special recognition to  some long-time employees, including one 50-year honoree:  David Howell from Radiology.  David lived on campus during his early days here, where he rented a room for $12.50 a month!  There are some other long-time stars, too, including Nancy Spiller and Tina Aviles, who have been here for 45-years.  There’s another group right behind them at 40-years of service that includes Janie Cook, Patti Kubista, Georgia Turner, Rita Cadava, Vickie Nunez, Carl Lo, and Donna Brewer. 

Each employee has a story to tell, and a rich history to share.  Donna – a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse, will tell you about the early days when she had to go to Danny’s Pharmacy across the street in order to get her supplies!  There are many other honorees with amazing stories of friendship, dedication and love for TMC.

The Service Pin Ceremony is TMC’s opportunity to recognize those employees who are truly proud to be here.  Enjoy reading their stories in the coming days.  They may conjure up some memories yourself!

About the ceremony:  TMC’s annual  Service Pin Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Westin La Paloma.  This year’s theme is the 2012 Olympics – Celebrating TMC’s Medalists.  Everyone celebrating milestone anniversaries this year received invitations in the mail and can bring one guest at no charge.

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