Hometown Hero: Albertha Jamison

By Justin Burrows - email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Customers at Memorial Health's cafeteria often come to order from Miss Bertha, but what they really come for isn't on the menu.

"When someone comes down worried or if a nurse has lost a patient or something like that, they need a smile and as you can see Miss Bertha's smile is infectious," said Ann Thomas.

"I enjoy what I do; I like what I do; I have pride in my work," said Albertha Jamison, known as Miss Bertha.

Miss Bertha is the lead grill cook at Memorial Health University Medical Center and has been working there for 19 years. She's said she's used to taking orders but the one she got recently was a first.

"Someone hollared and said the young man was choking and I turned around and I ran over to him," Miss Bertha remembered.

While on break at the hospital cafeteria, Miss Bertha, the lead grill cook, not a doctor or nurse, performed the Hymlic maneuver on a man that was choking, and saved his life.

"I had to do it two times and then he coughed the food up," she said.

"She just knew what to do right at that moment and knew that the wife was in shock and could see it on her face. so she stepped up," said Thomas.

And many of the people who work with her or come through her line are not suprised by her heroics.

"That's Bertha, she would jump right in and do whatever it takes to save someone or fix you a good sandwich," said Laura Smith.

"She's just one of those people that stands out in the crowd, there's nothing she wouldn't do for anybody," said Thomas.

And that's why Miss Bertha is a WTOC Hometown Hero.

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