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Karen Kister, Child Care Technician

In 1965, as a young woman who had just completed a twelve month program to become a “baby nurse”, Karen Kister began her career at St. Margaret’s Center, then known as St. Margaret’s Home & Hospital for Babies. Now, 45 years later, Karen continues her labor of love.  “The children are the same,” she observes.  “No matter if their name changes, their disability changes, they still have the same heart and the same goodness in them.  They give back so much more than I could ever possibly give them.”  Karen’s work day begins at 7 a.m. with a report from the nurse, and then she awakens the children who go to school, gets them bathed, dressed and ready for breakfast and the bus.  She assists those who stay on campus for daily activities, gets everyone ready for lunch, and prepares for the afternoon homecoming.  She routinely reassures parents that their children are cared for and comforted, and parents and siblings keep in touch with her as well.  “Karen is one of the most dedicated and compassionate individuals I’ve worked with in 30 plus years in health care,” commented Jim Hamil, retired Executive Director of St. Margaret’s Center.  According to Karen, people have asked her why she hasn’t moved on to other jobs.  “I don’t think there are very many people in this world who like what they do.  It shouldn’t be about money or fame…if you feel better at the end of the day, then you’ve accomplished something.  I like people to think about the job that I do, not just how long I’ve been doing it,” she explains.

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