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These four employees greet you with smiles and hugs at the door every day, but how much do you really know about MCI’s special team of valets? Keep reading to find out who has 16 grandchildren and who served in the military.
Dorothy Perkins, 53, started at MCI in Housekeeping in 2008 but found her true calling in Valet Services. “The smiles and hugs are very important to patients,” she says. She estimates she gives and receives “thousands of hugs” a day. Perkins moved from Miami to Mobile at age 7. She has three sons and 16 grandchildren. Her hobby? Visiting yard sales with her mother on Saturday mornings.
Raymond Brown, 46, is the friendly muscle at the door at MCI. A former Marine and LeFlore High School linebacker, Brown works mornings as a valet before heading to his other job as a media content manager for WKRG-TV, where he handles programming. A resident of Mobile, Brown is married with three children, ages 16, 18 and 25.
Allison Boyd, 22, returned to Mobile after being raised in Boston. She found the valet position online and is studying office administration at Bishop State Community College. When she’s not at school or MCI, she spends time with her 16-month-old daughter and other family in Mobile. “I know that the patients here are going through something, and it’s always good to give them a smile and a hug,” she says.
Felicia Ziegler, 43, joined MCI part time after leaving a job as a certified nursing assistant to take care of her mom, who was suffering from cancer. A married mother of two teenagers, Ziegler cares for people in her neighborhood and the homeless. “I just love people,” she says. “I talk to them. It helps to know when someone has been through their situation.”
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