Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

December 27, 2012

Sick still need care on Christmas

By AMANDA LOVIZA VICKERY
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Round-the-clock healthcare providers don’t have the opportunity to take a break for Christmas. Area hospitals and nursing home staffs kept their facilities ticking without a pause this week through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. At T.J. Samson Community Hospital, employees in all departments arranged their holiday plans around their work schedules.

Regina Hunt, who works in the environmental services and housekeeping department of T.J. Samson, worked Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year. The hospital is open every day of the year, she said, and since someone has to work she doesn’t mind doing it.

“People can’t help being sick so they have to have someone to watch over them, clean up after them,” Hunt said.

Hunt is a student, so she asked the hospital to save her holiday vacation time until after the semester starts in January. She has two stepchildren with her husband, and they finished their Christmas celebrations before Christmas Eve.

“They have so many Christmases to go to, it works out better,” Hunt said.

Chris Denton, an X-ray clerk who has worked at T.J. Samson for 11 years, said he volunteers to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day each year because there are others who need the days off more than he does.

“I don’t have any children so I always let the girls who have kids take off,” Denton said. “I usually work most of the holidays.”

For the full story, see the print or e-edition of Wednesday's Glasgow Daily Times.