is Employee of the Month
The Employee Engagement Committee at St. Mary’s Hospital selected Debra Curtis as the October Employee of the Month. Debra was hired in April of 1996 as a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital. She worked evening shift for two years before transferring to the clinic as Brenda Hewlett’s nurse.
As a clinic nurse Debra’s duties include rooming patients, scheduling patients, assisting in procedures, patient education and much more.
A fellow co-worker stated that Debra “exemplifies the St. Mary’s core values. Debra works hard to go over and above in caring for her patients with a smile on her face. You never hear her complain, but instead she looks for the positive in all things. Debra is a joy to work with.”
Debra has always wanted to be a nurse. She started as a nurse’s aide in a nursing home while still in high school. “In 1981 I felt I had a calling from God, and I told Him if He would open the doors to the nursing program I would serve Him in this field. He is faithful and I am still working,” commented Debra. When asked what she likes most about her job Debra stated, “Interacting with people from all walks of life (in illness or wellness). I most enjoy assisting and caring for geriatric patients.”
Debra graduated as a LVN from Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas in June of 1990. Later, in August of 2000 she graduated as a RN from Regents Excelsior College. She also has training as a Basic EMT.
When Debra isn’t working she enjoys reading, yard/flower gardening work, camping, and spending time with her family. Debra has been married to her husband Jerry for 44 years. Together, they have 2 sons, Brian (wife Rachel) they are expecting their first baby in December, and Michael (wife Alana) they have 2 sons Austin and Cason.
Congratulations Debra! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to SMH.