(May 1, 2013) This week, as Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) celebrates Hospital Week, one particular employee stands out this year: Annapolitan Peggy Crawford is celebrating a milestone 50 years of service. That’s a half-century of caring.
Crawford is a full-time customer service representative on the hospital’s joint and spine inpatient unit where she herself had a knee replacement in 2006. She coordinates the front desk and greets and directs patients and visitors on the patient care unit. Crawford began her career in 1963 and has worked in several areas around the hospital, including central sterile processing, environmental services, and as a nursing assistant.
When asked about her most memorable experience, Crawford reminisces about moving from the downtown hospital location in 2001 to the current medical park campus in Parole. “It took a while to get used to this place and find where everything was,” says Crawford.
Known for having a great sense of humor, Crawford’s peers describe her as someone who embodies compassion and embraces change.
Why has she worked at AAMC for so long? Crawford, who has three sons, a daughter, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, says she’s stayed for two reasons: the location and the people. “I like what I’m doing and it’s close to where I live,” says Crawford. “I’ve enjoyed working with my co-workers, charge nurses and supervisors all these years. It’s a great place to work.”
“Peggy’s dedication and hard work is a wonderful example for her colleagues. We congratulate her on reaching this incredible milestone,” says Nancy Luttrell, AAMC’s vice president of human resources.
Any plans to retire? “My plan is to continue working,” Crawford says. “I take things one day at a time. When I start taking it one step at a time, then maybe I’ll consider it.”
As for advice for a satisfying career, she recommends, “Do your job, do it well, and you won’t have any problems.”