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NGHS Honors First Ever 50-Year Employee

Published on November 12, 2013

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) honored its first employee to reach a milestone of 50 years of service with a surprise celebration this afternoon.

Betty Toney took a job as a ward secretary with Hall County Hospital in November 1963 – just 12 years after the hospital opened its doors.  Over time, her desire to learn and master new skills landed her in the admissions department, now known as Patient Access.  She remained there for 44 years, until she became an outpatient registrar in 2010.

“Over the course of 50 years, Betty has seen numerous transitions within our organization – from Hall County Hospital to Northeast Georgia Medical Center; from typewriters to the first computers; and from paper to electronic registration,” says Luis Guerrero, Patient Access Services Director.

Betty is known throughout the organization for her welcoming smile and exceptional care with a personal touch.

“She is a living example of what serving a patient with care and pride looks like,” says Guerrero.

“Betty’s loyalty to our organization is truly inspirational,” says Carol Burrell, CEO and President of NGHS.  “It is because of this continuous dedication, work ethic and always positive attitude that we have the honor of presenting her with the first award ever to recognize 50 years of shining bright as part of the NGHS family.  We couldn’t be more honored to call her our own.”

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