As I think back over my thirty six years in nursing, twenty-eight have been at Rex and I can’t imagine working anywhere else. Rex is like family and I love it! From the co-workers who care for patients and the facility, to those who assist staff, volunteer and especially those who lead Rex, the atmosphere is always supportive and caring, much like a family.
Quite often I talk about my “Rex Family” and how we daily encourage and support each other and our patients. Working in Women’s and Children’s Services, I continually see nurses, doctors, and other hospital co-workers provide excellent care and services to patients and their families. From the smallest patients in the Special Care Nursery to the most critical in the units, the Emergency Department or in the towers, patients receive the very best from the Rex co-workers.
They go beyond providing for patients and families; they provide for each other! Whether celebrating a wedding, new baby, college graduation or lifting up someone through difficult times, Rex Co-workers care for each other. They donate time off to a staff member in need. They provide needed items for someone who loses everything in a disaster. They mourn the loss of co-workers and celebrate the new life of children and grandchildren. They donate their time to organizations such as Safe Kids of Wake County, Open Door Clinic, and Hospice. They run, bike, swim or walk in marathons to support the work of organizations like the March of Dimes, Angels Among Us, and the Susan Komen Race for the Cure.
For over 120 years, Rex has been an integral part of the community and has reached out beyond the Wake County borders to be the hospital of choice for many North Carolinians. And just like most families, Rex has experienced a “marriage” with the UNC Health System, the “birth” of many new programs, services and facilities, and continues to grow in direction and opportunities to provide our community and surrounding areas with compassion and care.
The Rex Family has cared for several of my family members and me over the last 30 years. It is the best place in the Triangle to work and when needed, to be cared for by wonderful people. If you have been touched by Rex Co-workers, I hope you will share your story with us on our Facebook page in celebration of Hospital Week. From all of us at Rex, thank you for making us your family hospital!