At Bethany Children’s Health Center, our employees truly are the heartbeat that drives the organization. Every day, through the care and service they provide, they live our mission of maximizing the potential of every child and exemplify our core values of compassion, integrity, excellence, service and stewardship.
We hope you enjoy getting to know our amazing employees through our Heartbeat profiles.
Certified Nursing Assistant, Gintha Jacob, follows in her parents’ footsteps.
When Gintha Jacob came to Oklahoma from Kerala, India with her family at age nine, she knew she wanted to work in the medical field. Gintha’s dream of helping others in need was strengthened by the example set by her parents, who both worked as nursing assistants and loved their jobs. “They saw it as a way to serve God by taking care of His children,” she says.
Gintha’s father, Chunakara, also works at Bethany Children’s Health Center. The stories he shared of the children and his co-workers led Gintha to the hospital in 2010. “Working here was my first job,” she shares. “I believe God called me to work with children with special needs at this hospital. I love working here.”
The collaborative spirit at the hospital inspires Gintha, and she especially appreciates the way co-workers are positive and willing to help each other care for the patients. Working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) on the night shift, Gintha goes over reports from the day shift CNA before checking on the patients in her care. She assists with personal hygiene and care such as feeding, bathing, dressing and wheelchair transfers. She watches over her patients with love, saying, “I do my very best to take care of the children. I care for them as if they are my own.”
Gintha is dedicated to continuing to learn and grow in her position. “As a CNA, I have the opportunity to give the best care to patients at the hospital, as I continue my education with the goal of doing even more for the children in the future,” she says.
Although she considers the hospital her “home away from home”, when she’s not working, Gintha loves spending time with her husband and one-year-old daughter.
Something you might not know: “I played tennis in high school and had my picture in the newspaper. I still enjoy playing sports, especially volleyball.”
Favorite movie: “Titanic. I still get emotional watching it.”
Favorite inspirational verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Dream Weekend: “Traveling or enjoying the beach.”
From the bucket list: “A family road trip, ride an elephant, go to a concert, learn to swim, ride in a helicopter.”