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Posted: January 28, 2011 12:00 a.m.

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

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 Services 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.

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