WINCHESTER — Debbie Stuart says she was always that kid that cried on the last day of school. And she expects she will cry on her last day working at WDMH as well. After all, she’s been there for thirty-three-and-a-half years.
“I will miss the people and the helping,” Debbie says. “I’m a problem solver and I enjoy working with patients, families, physicians, nurses — and everyone.”
Debbie started her career at WDMH in the kitchen. Her neighbour brought her an application and told her that the hospital was a good place to work. Debbie worked as a Dietary Aide for 16 years and says she enjoyed it all. “I learned a lot about different diets, and I liked delivering trays to the patients. The girls I worked with were great.”
Halfway through her career, Debbie saw a posting for a Ward Clerk and decided that might be a nice change. She went back and completed a college course, working in Admitting for one year and then on the Medical/Surgical Unit for the past 16 years. “It never stops and there is always something different,” she says. “COVID-19 has really shone a light on that. I feel for families and we’ve tried to keep them connected to their loved ones.”
Debbie says she is looking forward to some downtime. She has five grandchildren nearby and plans to spend a lot of time at her trailer once the weather gets warmer.
“One of the greatest things here at WDMH is the way we support one another,” sums up Debbie. “There is always something there for you.”