Taking Care of Jackson for as long as I Can
In 1979, I was a mechanic looking for a job. It was my older brother, Rodney Taylor, who suggested that I take a position at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
“It’s a great place to work, with great benefits” said Rodney, who went on to work for Jackson Memorial for 35 years. I was in my 20s at the time, so benefits weren’t at the top of my priority list, but I applied for and took the job anyway.
I began as a repairman—it’s what I knew and what I was good at. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I truly enjoyed what I was doing and where I was doing it. I prided myself on the work I did, and I knew I was considered a great employee because I would immerse myself completely in every project I was tasked with.
In 1984, I received my five-year pin from the Public Health Trust. There aren’t enough words to express the joy I felt when I received that pin. It meant that I had made it a long way. It meant that I had proven myself and was successful in my own right. It meant the absolute world to me.
Almost 30 years ago, I joined the night staff and, as time went on, I began to be known for my work ethic. If I saw something that needed fixing, I would take care of it in the moment. My team knew me to always be the first one to clock in.
“Great benefits” became more important to me as I began to have trouble with diabetes, but the greatest benefit I found at Jackson was a second family who cared for me and my wellbeing. As I drove to work a few years ago, I almost went into diabetic shock– I became disoriented and light-headed. It was the ring of my phone that snapped me out of it. My team at Jackson grew concerned when they noticed that I was not in the office when they arrived, and immediately called me. They talked me through pulling over, and I was able to take my medication. Ultimately, they saved my life.
I don’t know where I would be had I not received that call. What I do know is that Jackson has truly taken care of me throughout my 39 years with the system, and I hope to take care of it as long as I can.
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Nov. 1965 Medical Firsts
Steamship Fire Leads to Burn Services and New Treatment. Link opens story page.
On November 1965, a devastating fire onboard the SS Yarmouth Castle killed 90. Five of the surviving victims were flown to Jackson for treatment with silver nitrate.Explore in story page.
Feb. 2016 Medical Firsts
Fifteen Organs For Two Young Siblings. Link opens story page.
Just five years after transplant surgeons saved the life of a Texas infant, a rare congenital disease brought the family back to South Florida.Explore in story page.