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Bernie Stephens

Bernie Stephens knew he wanted to work in or around the medical field after having served as an EMT for the Volunteer Fire Department in Persia.

He came to Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital as a CNA, but has worked as a professional in maintenance for more than 25 years. As the single parent of teenagers at the time, Stephens was thrilled when a daytime position at the hospital opened up in maintenance stating that “unsupervised teenagers is not a good idea.”

Stephens is fondly referred to as “MacGyver” by his wife — a title he is proud to uphold. He likes coming up with solutions for challenging projects. He said there is never a dull moment and a lot of head scratching that goes on, but I’m proud of the work I do at Jennie.

“I love my job and I love the people I work with.” Stephens is the father of four and has been married to his wife, Jean, for 10 years — “the best 10 years of my life.”

When he isn’t working — and the weather is nice — you can find Stephens outdoors, fishing on a really good day.

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