Juliana Chini told her husband 44
years ago that she’d work at the hospital for just two years to help get caught
up on bills – she’s still happily here.
She started out as a housekeeper
but quickly worked her way up to head cook in Branson, and she sure knows her
way around a kitchen! “I just love to cook anything,” Chini said. “But I
especially love to bake! You should try my homemade bread! But, it’s not only
the food I love about this job--it’s the people.”
Juliana lost her husband 12 years
ago and says her co-workers and patients at Cox Medical Center Branson have
become her family.
“We’ve been together so long here.
We’re here for each other, and we can tell when something’s wrong. We know how
to make each other smile.”
And, Juliana definitely has a smile
to share. As time went on, she found herself in a new position at the cafeteria
register and says she can’t help but spread kindness as people come through her
“I have this motto that you’ll
never get old if you stay young at heart. God put us here for a reason.
Sometimes, I feel like a missionary. As people come through my line, I can tell
when something is wrong. I take time to ask people how their day is going. I
will stay and let them talk about it – just being there for each other is what
this place is all about.”