BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Winifred Jones, who goes by Winnie, spends a lot of time calling patients and confirming appointments. She uses a computer everyday but she can recall working there when computers didn’t exist there.
“No computers none whatsoever, no time clocks to punch in and out, no nothing. But we did it we all worked together and we did it,” said Winifred Jones, Women and Children’s Hospital Unit Secretary.
Winnie started working at Women and Children’s Hospital back in 1966. She spent the first ten years as a nurses aid, and worked in different departments before eventually becoming a secretary. It’s a role Winnie handles with pride and compassion.
“Some days I’ve sat with them on lunch, I’ve had kids say will you sit with me Winnie and i have sat with them,” said Jones.
Winnie’s passion for people has made her a mainstay at the hospital. Today marks her 50th year with the hospital, but her colleagues say she comes in with the enthusiasm of someone who just got a new job.
“She goes the extra mile for everybody including patients, including the doctors, including the nurses,” said Rae Anne Swan, Women and Children’s Hospital RN.
“One day we had a person that came to admission and it was a few years maybe five years since I’d seen that patient. They wouldn’t be admitted until they called here to find out if I still work here so I could come down so they could come up. So that was rewarding that they remembered me after 5 years,” said Jones.
She greets patients and colleagues with a smile on her face. It’s been a rewarding career that Winnie has enjoyed, year after year.
‘You have hard days like everywhere else. it’s almost like a big family you know,” said Jones.
Turns out it runs in the family! Winnie says her sister has worked at ECMC for 30 years and her other sister is a doctor in Georgia. Winnie says she wants to keep it going and has no plans of retiring anytime soon.