It is no secret that the Drumheller Health Center has amazing staff after not only one, but two staff members received awards from Alberta Health Services for their time in the business.
Among those two staff members is Margaret Trentham, who received her award for 50 years in the field of nursing.
"I have loved every minute of it. It is my life. I have been asked when I am going to retire but I just love what I do, I really do," explained Trentham. "I love people and helping people. I have enjoyed it since I have come here. Drumheller has been the only place that I have nursed at. I have been to three different hospitals here. I have met great doctors, we have a good staff, it has been really wonderful."
The Drumheller Health Center was one of the only rural hospitals to have two staff members receive service awards. In her years of nursing, she also helped on her family farm, and remarks on the change of technology in the medical world.
"Everything has really, really changed. All of our surgeries, before you had to stay in the hospital for a gull bladder for maybe 5 days, now they can do it laparoscopically. The same thing with maternity, you just have your baby and the door is open for you, you can go home. When I first started working here, it was 8 to 10 days that you were in the hospital," continued Trentham.
For Trentham, her favourite part of nursing has been the joy of seeing a new baby come into the world.
"Maternity, when I am in there and this baby comes out, it is the most amazing thing in the world. It really is. I just can't get over it," concluded Trentham.