Building a Life and Family at Jackson
My life at Jackson began in 1985 at the Jackson School of Nursing, where I received the very best
training. During my rotations, I fell in love with maternal/child nursing, and knew then there was only one
place for me to work upon graduation in 1987 – and that was at Jackson.
My career took off, and I eventually became a parent educator/lactation nurse. With the evolution of case
management in the early 1990s, my role changed to OB case manager, when my floor was chosen as
one of the pioneer pilot units. This change opened up an entirely new world, which eventually led me to
meet my husband, Ralph, also a Jackson “lifer.”
I was fortunate to work at Jackson when we started our family, as I was able to have my children at the
Debbie School daycare and visit them regularly. When my second pregnancy was deemed a high-risk
one, I knew Jackson was the only place for my baby and me. Imagine how advantageous it was to see
my OB/GYN every day at work!
When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to transfer to Jackson South Medical Center, where I
remain today. By making this move, I was able to partake in many of my children’s school activities,
because of its close proximity to my home.
Today, it is amazing that I have just completed 30 years of service at Jackson. I have friends that say, “I
wish I would have stayed at Jackson.” I don’t have to say that because I chose to stay at Jackson, making
it one of the best decisions I have made as a Jackson “lifer.”
Laura Fuentes, RN
30 Years of Service
Jackson South Medical Center
Nov. 2009 Miracle Stories
Born at One Pound, One Ounce, Newborn Goes Home. Link opens story page.
On November 6, 2009, Gabriella Mercedes Gil finally went home - eight months after being born at Holtz Children’s Hospital, weighing just one pound, one ounce.Explore in story page.
Feb. 1933 Jackson History
Presidential Assassination Attempt Puts Jackson in the National Spotlight. Link opens story page.
In February 1933, a deranged man fired several bullets at President-elect Roosevelt, striking Chicago Mayor Cermak and four bystanders.Explore in story page.
Oct. 2015 Jackson History
Middle School Assistant Principal Receives New Heart. Link opens story page.
After years of battling cardiomyopathy, Erika Carter-Rolle finally received a lifesaving heart transplant.Explore in story page.