The floors aren’t the only thing that shine at Newton Med­i­cal Cen­ter

The Covington News - - Local -

To say Greg Ceaser is com­mit­ted to his job would be an un­der­state­ment. Along with his house­keep­ing staff, Ceaser en­sures that Newton Med­i­cal Cen­ter op­er­ates cleanly and ef­fi­ciently and ac­cord­ing to all in­dus­try guide­lines and stan­dards. He ob­tained his Cer­ti­fied Health­care En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices Pro­fes­sional des­ig­na­tion from the Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion in 2004 and works dili­gently to ac­quire 45 hours of con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion ev­ery three years to re­main cer­ti­fied. He was re­cer­ti­fied this month. The CHESP cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cov­ers a va­ri­ety of ar­eas in­clud­ing hu­man re­sources, fi­nan­cial man­age­ment and lead­er­ship, as well as en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices such as bio­haz­ardous waste re­moval and clean­ing pro­cesses.

Be­fore join­ing Newton Med­i­cal Cen­ter in 2009, Ceaser spent most of his En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser- vices ca­reer work­ing in the greater New Or­leans area, where he fre­quently trav­eled more than 50 miles to work. In 1992, he was awarded a Frist Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award, which rec­og­nizes hu­man­i­tar­ian spirit and phil­an­thropic work, while em­ployed at DuPaul Hos­pi­tal in New Or­leans. When Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina hit in 2005, Ceasar re­mained on the job at Han­cock Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Bay St. Louis, Miss., help­ing to care for the pa­tients as wa­ter rose to al­most four feet within the hos­pi­tal. Though he had no con­tact with his fam­ily for three days, his ded­i­ca­tion to his job, the pa­tients and the staff never fal­tered.

A na­tive of Slidell, La., Ceaser and his fam­ily lost ev­ery­thing to Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina and de­cided to re­lo­cate to the At­lanta area. Ceaser was em­ployed by Gwin­nett Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Lawrenceville be­fore be­ing pro­moted and trans­ferred to Gwin­nett Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Du­luth, where he helped to get the new hos­pi­tal up and run­ning. To­day, Ceaser is the En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices Man­ager at Newton Med­i­cal Cen­ter where he is known for be­ing one of the nicest and friendli­est em­ploy­ees at the hos­pi­tal.

Ceaser is happy to call Cov­ing­ton home and will cel­e­brate his 30th an­niver­sary with wife, Pauline, this year. His son, Greg Jr., is a sergeant in the United States Army, where he has served one tour in Iraq and will be leav­ing for a sec­ond tour in Afghanistan this year. He is cur­rently sta­tioned in Hawaii with his wife and son.

CEASAR

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