Good Samaritan employees who have worked at the nursing home for more than five years pose for a photo Saturday evening. Pictured are Patty Austin, 10 years; Judy Barnes, 16 years; Julie Chervenka, 22 years; Mary Sturges, five years; Carolyn Granite, 27; Benny Hernandez Jr., seven; Aleisa Love, nine; Johnnie Love, 36; Vickie Love, eight; Kaloa Redburn, 11; Janet Redman, 10; Brenda Regier, 13; Kathy Sanko, 14; Wanda Shelton, 25; Martha Sigala, 10; Tracy Sponsel, nine; Jessie Taylor, 31; Brandy Tran, nine; and Levonne Zubia, 16. Not pictured are Jennifer Davis, 11; Cuc Diep, five; Judy Mann, seven; Stephanie Martinez, eight; Maria Nieto, 10; Virginia Phillips, 13; and Paula Porter, 20. Daily Leader photo/Robert Pierce
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
Longevity in any occupation is hard to come by in these times, but health care seems to have a higher rate of hiring new employees than most lines of work.
Thus far in 2010, Liberal’s Good Samaritan Society has bucked that trend by not hiring a single new worker since January, and the nursing home honored its long-serving employees Saturday evening with an award dinner and celebration.
Good Sam currently has 70 employees, and 25 of those have been with the home for at least five years, with 20 having served for 10 years or more.
As part of the celebration, those employees had their picture taken for a wall of fame which will be put up at Good Sam. Administrator Danna Legleiter said due to recent cutbacks in the health care industry, she wanted to reward a dedicated staff.
“Longevity in a long-term care is very hard to come by,” she said. “The turnover rate is very great. This year, because of the economic times in Liberal, we’ve actually not had to hire anybody all year. We’re almost to August, and we haven’t had to hire any new staff. Our turnover is way down.”
Legleiter contributes much of Good Sam’s success to its Christian background.
“We do pray together,” she said. “They say those that pray together stay together. I think that’s true in our case.”
Legleiter emphasized having a Christian mission makes a big difference.
“You can pray with the staff together,” she said. “You can pray with the residents together. It really is like home and family out here. I think that helps.”
Good Sam has been in business in Liberal for more than 35 years, and the nursing home recently underwent a remodel.
“We have now went to 20 private and 20 semi-private rooms,” Legleiter said. “Everybody needs to come out and see our new remodeling and our dedicated staff that we have here.”