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Angela Thomas saluted for years of service

By Toni McLean
Observer writer

Monday, June 19, 2017

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Outgoing Mandeville Regional Hospital (MRH) Director of Nursing Services Angela Thomas was saluted at a recent ceremony here, for her 38 years of service to health care and the nursing profession.

It was a day of reflection as well-wishers shared their memories of Thomas.

Marie Powell, who chaired the function at the MRH, praised Thomas for her contribution to national development through nursing, and for her impact on those who interacted with her along the way.

“Over these 38 years, Madam Thomas has been carving and sculpting the lives of the persons whom she has come in contact with,” said Powell.

According to Powell, Thomas was much more than a nurse — she was peacemaker, prayer warrior, mentor, strong tower of strength, and friend.

Thomas' 'journey' as a nurse was said to have started at the Black River Hospital, then the Percy Junor Hospital, and then the May Pen Hospital, before ending at Mandeville Regional. Throughout her years, Thomas reportedly organised development projects such as tag drives to tile the floors of the Percy Junor Hospital.

“This tiling initiative … has impacted the hospital in a tremendous way,” said Delbert Williams, psychiatric aid at Percy Junor.

Chairman of the Nurses Council of Jamaica, Dr Lelia McWhinney-Dehaney, applauded Thomas for her interest and concern with not just the nursing profession, but also students.

According to McWhinney-Dehaney, Thomas made it a point of duty to motivate up-and-coming nurses, and modelled the qualities of what a health care professional ought to possess.

CEO of MRH, Alwyn Miller, also commended Thomas's hard work and dedication.

Thomas thanked colleagues and friends for their contribution to her professional and personal development, and expressed gratitude for the acknowledgment of her work.

“This open demonstration of your appreciation and recognition of my work does convey the feeling of the ties that bind,” she said.