2007-03-14 / Front Page

40 years and still working

by Terry Toole

Miller County Hospital CEO Harley Smith presents certificate of appreciation to Joe Martin. Miller County Hospital CEO Harley Smith presents certificate of appreciation to Joe Martin. Friday morning, March 9, before a large crowd of seniors, CEO Harley Smith gave Joe Martin a certificate of appreciation for his 40 years of continuous service to Miller County Hospital.

Joe Martin was employed by the Miller County Hospital on March 7, 1967, as purchasing agent and maintenance for his first 10 years. After that, those departments were divided, and Joe was in charge of maintenance.

Joe was in the Navy from 1961-1966.

Just prior to coming to work at this hospital, he worked for the Florida State Hospital. A Board member, the late George Everson asked him to come to Colquitt to work.

Just after he was employed by the hospital, he married Alice Blount from Recovery. They have three children Paul, 37, Paula, 34 and David, 32, all graduates of Miller County High School. Joe's wife, Alice, has been working as a nurse at Miller County Hospital for the past 37 years.

Joe told of his first adminis- trator, Col. Ed Johnson, one of fourteen hospital administrators that he has worked under.

Joe was one of the first EMTs in Miller County.

Joe is a good citizen as well as being an expert in his field. He has served as a Deacon at Bellview Free Will Baptist Church since 1986, and has been a member since 1972.

Joe stated that he has seen the hospital and nursing home from 32,000 sq. ft. to over 100,000 sq. ft. and it is still growing.

"I've seen a lot of ups and downs since I have been here, and I hope to continue working at Miller County Hospital until my health fails or I can't do the work," Joe Martin stated.

CEO Harley Smith said, "Joe's dedication to the hospital and his vast knowledge and expertise of the mechanical workings of this hospital has made him a very valuable employee. We really do thank him and appreciate his devotion to his work and the people he serves."

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