Eight years ago, Nadirah Jackson-Jenkins was unsure of her direction in life when she and her husband made the decision to move away from everything and everyone they knew in Philadelphia to Johnstown, Pennsylvania. “All I knew is [that] I wanted to be a better version of myself and a better mother to my children,” Nadirah says.
She began working at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center as a patient room cleaner in 2016 and joined HHS when they took over the contract in 2019. She was promoted to lead housekeeper of the main operating room at that point.
Finding Her Path
With her sights set on growing her career, Nadirah enrolled in HHS’ partnership program with Southwest University in 2021 to earn an Associate of Business Management in Healthcare Support Systems. She will graduate in February as part of the inaugural class. Thirteen months into classes, Nadirah took initiative and decided to apply for an open assistant director position at her facility and was offered the position.
From relationships with leaders and team members to hospital staff and patients, Nadirah’s favorite part of working for HHS has been the people. She offers advice to her fellow team members saying, “Always be you! When things seem tough know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Nadirah has always found motivation from the people at home—her family. She’s been married to her husband, Dennis, for 13 years and they have three children together. When she isn’t working she enjoys being with her family or reading a good book.