Nurse Mimi Nealy already knew Florida Hospital Memorial is a great place to work.
It may have taken Mimi Nealy a while to figure out what she wanted to do for a living, but she knew immediately where she wanted to work.
“This is the only place I was going to apply to when I graduated from nursing school,” Nealy, a medical care progressive care unit nurse at Florida Hospital Memorial, said. “Fortunately they hired me or I would still be waiting.”
Nealy isn’t the only one who thinks the hospital is a good employer. The Adventist Health System, which includes Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2017 list of “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.”
“Fortunately they hired me or I would still be waiting.”
MIMI NEALY nurse at Florida Hospital Memorial
“It is exciting and an honor to be part of a health system recognized as a great place to work,” said Rob Fulbright, Florida Hospital East Florida Region CEO. “Our organization has established and maintained a culture that our employees can be proud of, and their engagement and dedication to extending the healing ministry of Christ is evident in the high level of care they provide for patients on a daily basis.”
Nealy, an Ormond Beach resident, began her career at the hospital in October 2013 after deciding to leave her property appraisal business and follow in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother.
Nealy said it’s the personal touch and the hospital mission of extending the healing mission of Christ that appealed to her when she was an intern in the ICU.
“The CEO, the nursing staff and the people who deliver your food all have that mission,” she said. “We all come from different backgrounds. I am a Baptist, but the core value is the same.”
She recalled a patient on her floor who was at the end of his life. His wife had been called, but it would take her about 45 minutes to get to the hospital.
“My plan was to go into his room and sit with him until she arrived, and maybe after,” Nealy said. “But when I walked into his room my manager Deb Walberg was already there by his bed holding his hand.”
That wasn’t Walberg’s job, or even Nealy’s, but that’s what Nealy likes about her hospital, no one is saying, “that’s not my job”
Nealy said the staff does whatever the patient or family needs, from praying with people to singing with the family.
Nealy is Walberg’s assistant, and the two split the sixth floor each day to ensure that one of them visits each patient, every day.
“We sit and talk a moment about how their experience has been and how we can make it better,” Nealy said.