Worker with Down syndrome celebrates 25th anniversary with hospital

Posted at 4:48 PM, Apr 08, 2017

Working long hours in a hospital can get tiring, but McLane Children's Medical Center has something, or someone, who can always brighten up the room. 

"Bobby meets and greats everybody throughout the hospital, and that's one thing that makes him so special," Radiology Ultrasound Supervisor Lisa Eary said.  

Bobby Henry has worked at McLane Children's, previously King's Daughters, for 25 years. And while he makes everyone around him smile, he thinks his job is just to...

"...pick up trash and laundry," Henry said. 

But, he does so much more than that.

"From the president of the hospital down to us, his friends and co-workers.." Radiology Supervisor Chuck Layton said. 

"...he is a bright spot in all of our days," Eary added. 

Henry has down syndrome and is one of the most dedicated and punctual employees at the hospital. 

"He doesn't get out of his routine. If he's suppose to be in your department at 9:20, he is in your department at 9:20," Layton added.  

"He's our VIP," Eary added. 

Henry visits all the floors of the children's hospital to collect trash and laundry and pass out smiles.

And while Henry might not be aware just how much of an impact he has on his co-workers, he does feel their love and knows McLane Children's is his home away from home. 

"I don't know what we'd do without him," Layton said. 

"I hope he's here for a long, long time because everyone deserves to know him," Eary said. 

Last month, Henry celebrated his 25th anniversary working at the hospital. 

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