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3 longtime Will County Sunny Hill Nursing Home employees retire

Caregivers have combined 118 years of experience

Longtime Will County Sunny Hill Nursing Home workers Shelly Hester, D.B. Alexander and Barb Brown retired earlier this month with a combined 118 years of experience.
Longtime Will County Sunny Hill Nursing Home workers Shelly Hester, D.B. Alexander and Barb Brown retired earlier this month with a combined 118 years of experience.

Earlier this month, three longtime Sunny Hill Nursing Home employees with a combined 118 years of service celebrated their retirements.

The retirees were Shelly Hester, D.B. Alexander and Barb Brown, according to a news release.

“We are so thankful for the service from these wonderful, dedicated employees and wish them a healthy retirement,” Will County Executive Larry Walsh said. “We will miss their smiles, energy and service to the residents.”

Hester worked for 39 years in various roles, most recently in the payroll and human resources department. “You step up where you are needed,” Hester said. The release said she also helped people by cooking during one of the worst snowstorms in Chicago history.

Alexander worked for 47 years in the environmental services department and was acknowledged as the longest-serving employee in the county. She said of her time at the nursing home, “It was a lot of fun working at Sunny Hill, and I really enjoyed the residents.” She said she’d be doing “any and everything” she could during her retirement.

Brown served for 32 years, also in the environmental services department. She said she “loved interacting with the residents. My mother was even a resident here for a couple of years.”

Maggie McDowell, the administrator of Sunny Hill Nursing Home, said it is not uncommon for employees of the nursing home to have long careers and this kind of overall longevity.

“Historically, Sunny Hill has been very fortunate to experience such staff commitment and longevity being a norm,” McDowell said. “These particular staff members collectively declared they have enjoyed one common thread – that of having had the honor to serve our residents and experience the opportunity to develop many lasting friendships and relationships over the years.”

Sunny Hill Nursing Home offers resident-centered care in a newly renovated, 157-bed facility located in Joliet and operated by the government of Will County.

The nursing home began operations in 1955.

For information about Sunny Hill and its services, call 815-727-8710.

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