Elliott retires after 55 years at Piedmont Newnan
by Lindy Oller
Work is something people either like or do not like.
After 55 years at Piedmont Newnan Hospital and the former Newnan Hospital, Virginia Elliott retired in July 2013 at the age of 93. She was working in Piedmont Newnan’s medical records department at the time she retired. Before coming to Piedmont, Elliott had been the director of the former Newnan Hospital’s operating room for 35 years.
Virginia Elliott, who is known by her former co-workers as “Miss Virginia,” was born in Meansville on Sept. 20, 1920. She went to high school in Zebulon. After graduating from high school in 1937, she was not old enough to attend nurse training at the Piedmont Nursing School.
Elliott spent a year at Bessie Tift College in Forsyth. The following year, she began a three-year nursing course at the old Piedmont Hospital on Capitol Avenue in Atlanta.
In 1941, Elliott went back to her hometown of Meansville in Pike County. She worked in a local doctor’s clinic for six years.
She moved to Newnan in 1947. Elliott wanted to live closer to one of her sisters.
After moving to Newnan, Elliott started working at Newnan Hospital. She married her husband, Frank, in 1948. Their son, Blake, was born at Newnan Hospital in 1949. Unfortunately, Blake died in a car accident at the age of six.
As the director of Newnan Hospital’s operating room, she had to be on-call at all times. “If they needed me at any time of day or night, I was there,” Elliott said. Before she retired in December 1982, Elliott was recognized as Newnan Hospital’s first employee of the year.
Immediately following her retirement from Newnan Hospital, she worked two afternoons a week for a doctor at a PAPP clinic in Newnan. Elliott worked there for five years.
In 1987, Elliott was notified by one of her former co-workers at the old Newnan Hospital about possibly helping out in the medical records department at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. Elliott agreed to help. She worked two eight-hour days each week.
Elliott was at Piedmont Newnan for 27 years.
Since her retirement, Elliott has spent her time at home. She will always remember the people she worked with during her time at both Newnan and Piedmont.
“I enjoyed every day,” Elliott said. “It was like a family.”