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After 41 Years On The Job, A Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Nurse Bids Farewell

Maribeth Simmons, a nurse at Atlanta's Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Egleston Hospital, is retiring after 41 years on the job.
Maribeth Simmons, a nurse at Atlanta's Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Egleston Hospital, is retiring after 41 years on the job.
Credit Dr. Patrick Frias

Sometimes, journalists stumble upon an unexpected story.

Tuesday, Closer Look’s Rose Scott visited Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Egleston Hospital to interview COO Dr. Patrick Frias. During the interview, it became clear that a party was taking place next door.

Dr. Frias explained that Maribeth Simmons, a catheterization laboratory nurse in the cardiac care department, was retiring after 41 years with the company.

So, Rose paid a surprise visit to the celebration to speak with Simmons. In front of an audience of colleagues and friends, Simmons shared what her coworkers at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta mean to her.

“They’re just the very best,” Simmons said. “The greatest people in the world who will do anything for the children and families, and for each other. Just the very best.”

Simmons’ last day before retirement will be April 19.

Next week, Closer Look will feature the conversation with Dr. Frias, as he and Rose talk about how the nonprofit is working to meet the needs to care for children.