By Sarah Bello
Years at CMH: 28
Peggy Church looks forward to coming to work every day. She always has, she says. Since 1990, she has worked as an Imaging support staff member. Originally one of two, now there are seven.
“The people in this department have been such a family to me,” she says. “They’re always there for you — support, just the love. I think that’s mostly what we’re about in here — each other.”
The friends-turned-family from the department supported her when she lost her husband and other family members in a short time. They are what keep her here.
Peggy has always had a career in the medical field, starting work as a certified nursing assistant when she was in high school. Originally from Texas, she moved to Oregon with her husband to go to school and work.
When she started at CMH, she worked in a hallway with a desk and a typewriter. Members of the department used to have hat and scarf days during the lunch hour, and all the caregivers would deck themselves out in their best hats or scarves — a stress reliever, she says. Now they’ve grown so much, they get together with an annual Christmas party.
Peggy is beginning to think about retirement. She hopes to be able to take her time going down the coast to California, relaxing and enjoying the scenery. After retiring, she thinks she would like to volunteer somewhere — “Maybe at CMH,” she says, laughing.
For now, she enjoys spending her time walking on the beach, celebrating holidays with her family and collecting antiques.
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