Nightingales care worker gets lifetime achievement award
FLORENCE, S.C. – Sarah Johnson was tickled pink Monday afternoon as she celebrated her career at Nightingales Nursing and Attendants.
Johnson, who has been working at Nightingales for 17 years, will be retiring on Jan. 4, 2019. She was honored Monday with a lifetime achievement award for her work as a personal care attendant. Also, state Rep. Jay Jordan presented Johnson with a proclamation from Gov. Henry McMaster declaring November National Caregiver Month.
“I’m very honored,” Johnson said. “It’s real cool. It’s an honor. I’m tickled pink.”
Nightingale Administrator Gloria Kasler added that Johnson was one of the most deserving caregivers she had ever met. Kasler also read a letter from a family Johnson serves. Kasler’s nickname for Johnson is Pet Pea, according a statement Johnson provided the Morning News.
“This has been a great company to work,” Johnson said. “It’s a company with a heart, and I love it.”
Johnson said she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do after retiring but added that she did want to travel a little bit.
Nightingales is the largest home care provider in South Carolina. It was founded in 2001 and accepted its first contract in 2002. The company has offices in Lancaster, Camden, Florence, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.
“I do want to say, ‘Thank you’ on behalf of the state,” Jordan added. “This is one of my favorite things to do as a representative.”
Jordan is a Florence native and a lawyer. He represents House District 63, which includes the area of West Florence. Jordan was elected on April 14, 2015 to fill the remaining term of Kris Crawford, who resigned citing family reasons and the reorganization of the house. Jordan was re-elected in the 2016 and 2018 general elections.