Late Archbold Nurse Wins Statewide Hospital Hero Award
Monday, November 24, 2014
On November 13, 2014, the late Marty Jones, RN, was posthumously awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Annual Meeting. Jones, who was one of only 10 individuals statewide to receive the award, was recognized for her three decades of work at the hospital and for a heroic act in February which ultimately claimed Marty’s life. Jones’s husband, Dana, accepted the award in her honor.
Jones began working at Archbold in 1976 as a registered nurse at Archbold and was always well-known for going out of her way to help patients and co-workers.
In the evening hours of February 9, as Jones and her husband were on their way to dinner, they witnessed a serious motor vehicle accident. Without a thought for their own safety, they immediately pulled over on the side of the road to provide care and aid to the accident victims while awaiting emergency medical responders. Sadly, it was this brave and unselfish decision that led to her death, as she was struck by a passing vehicle at the accident scene.
“Marty Jones put her own life before others and was extremely brave and selfless for doing so,” said GHA President Earl V. Rogers. “She is greatly missed, but her legacy will live on through the great care provided by her colleagues and Archbold Memorial Hospital.”
“Marty was an integral part of our patient care team.” said Beth Raffield, RN, BSN, Preadmissions Manager. “She loved her patients and she loved her co-workers. In 2000, she was selected as Archbold’s Employee of the Year, an award that further emphasized her colleagues’ appreciation for her work and what she did. Marty made an impact on so many people. She was an amazing nurse, co-worker and friend, and she will forever be remembered as our Hospital Hero.”