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.
Registered Nurse Joy Hunt recalls the moment she said “yes” to Bethany Children’s Health Center, and the many miracles she has witnessed in 16 years.
As a young girl in Midwest City, Joy Hunt loved her grandmother’s crisp, white nursing uniform and her kind, gentle nature. She always knew she wanted to work in the health care field, and still strives to be just like her grandmother in caring for others.
Joy started her exploration in the health care field by shadowing a midwife for four weeks in high school and loved every aspect of it. She came to Bethany Children’s Health Center as a nursing student, and by the end of her rotation, she knew it was the place for her.
“When Human Resources asked if anyone would be interested in applying, I raised my hand so very nervously. I haven’t looked back since,” Joy recalls. “I absolutely love it here.”
Since coming to the hospital in 2005, Joy has worked as a Nurse Tech, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Registered Nurse (RN), becoming a team leader and then Shift Nurse Supervisor.
Joy loves her coworkers and the teamwork that is so essential to caring for patients. She also loves the children she cares for.
“Seeing their many milestones and their little personalities blossom is so rewarding to me,” she says.
She has many memories of the children she has cared for, but remembers when a patient who had suffered a traumatic brain injury said her name for the first time when she entered the room. She had been caring for him for over a year and had never heard him speak.
“It brought me to tears to hear his voice so strong and loud,” she says. “It was so special to me, and the fact that he knew my name blew me away. I have truly witnessed plenty of miracles at the hospital, but this was the one that I will never forget.”
Joy loves spending free time with family – meeting in the kitchen to catch up with her three sons while she cooks is her favorite pastime. She also counts sleep as a hobby, saying, “Sleep is my best friend when I am able to get it.”
Something people don’t know: “I love music, but I can’t sing. Not one bit.”
First job: Frontier City at the age of 14
Books or Movies? “I love both, but if I had to choose one, it would be movies. My family makes a game of quoting certain movie lines. I love a good comedy.”
Favorite Food: “I love mango and pineapple. I also love baked Cheetos. (Don’t judge me)”
Favorite Inspirational Verse: “Mark 4:29. Just knowing that God can calm any storm that may arise is so reassuring to me.”
From the Bucket List: “To see the sunrise and sunset in Santorini, Greece, parasailing, and I would love to meet Dwayne Johnson.”