By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal
Fellow employees, Louisville Healthcare residents, family and friends helped recognize Mary Helen Jernigan for her 40 years of service recently. “We thank you Mary Helen for the hard work and taking care of the residents,” said Jeremy Cummins, administrator of Louisville Healthcare. Jernigan has worked as a CNA for 40 years at the same facility. “Rarely do you have someone work in the same career for 40 years much less the same place,” said Cummins. “This is a major accomplishment.” Jernigan started April 16, 1972 at the facility, prior to it becoming Louisville Healthcare. Her first day on the job, Jernigan helped setup the beds and prepare the place for its first residents. “She has touched every single resident’s life that has come through those doors,” said Cummins. “She has done many jobs including kitchen, maintenance and resident care.” Jernigan has not only shown her care for the residents but has a dedication to her role in their lives. “She has never called in sick in 40 years,” said Cummins. “She is a very special person.” While most would be looking at retirement, Jernigan plans to continue working. “This is not a retirement party. We encourage her to continue to work hard and care for the residents,” said Cummins. This is not the first time Jernigan has been recognized. She was recognized as Caregiver of the Year by the state association previously. “You know the residents Mary Helen sees are taken care,” said Cummins. Miranda Ford, Director of Nursing, helped sum up the feelings toward Jernigan. “Thank you for being one of those rare people who are willing to go the extra mile for others,” said Ford.