The longtime loyalty and exemplary work of a nurse at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital has earned her the honor of being named a health care hero in a national contest – and free airline tickets for a much-needed vacation.
Joyce Mack – who has worked on 2 East at the hospital for more than 30 years – impressed JetBlue airline, which named Mack one of its national Healthcare Heroes. The program rewarded 100,000 health care workers for their essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic by gifting them each a pair of airline vouchers to travel anywhere the airline flies – once it’s safe to do so.
“At first I didn’t believe her because I never win anything,” Mack says of the call she received notifying her that she’d won. “I was ecstatic.”
Mack caught the eye of the airline thanks to a glowing nomination by Amanda McVicker, nursing director on 2 East, who works closely with Mack.
“Joyce Mack is the backbone of our hospital,” McVicker wrote in the nomination to JetBlue. “We joke, ‘She was here when the first brick was laid.’ She is the epitome of ‘old-school nurse.’
“I seriously have no idea how our unit will function when she retires. No more deserving nurse I’ve ever known.”