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May 13, 2004

Thomasville -Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville thanked 1,400 employees today for a job well done with a steak and salad lunch.

One employee got an extra treat with her meal. Althea Edwards was recognized as the employee of the year. She says, "You know when they were reading the biography of the person I thought, wow, that's impressive."

Althea Edwards has worked as a Respiratory Therapist at Archbold for 16 years. And she treats patients with the same care and concern since the day she started.

She says this year, regardless of the award she received, is no different from any other. "It's so rewarding when you find out somebody actually is seeing what you doing and appreciate what you're doing and I feel very honored, I do," says Edwards.

She's also delighted about the $500 in cash she received, and the plague that identifies her as the top employee for the hospital. But the most rewarding part of her job? Seeing patients walk out healthy.

Edwards says, "It's really thrilling to see them come out, walk out when they were dragging in, near death and they can walk out and move and do everything for themselves." All because of the care and concern of employees like her.

She says, "This is just unbelievable." Another unbelievable fact? "I got a parking place for a whole year!" Edwards exclaims. A top parking space for the top employee. Althea Edwards says that cash prize came just in time to help send her son off to college.

posted at 4:30 PM by karen.collier@walb.com