Martin County

County History: 
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Notable individuals from nursing history.
  • Olga M. Jones ( ): Olga Jones always knew she wanted to be a nurse, recounting how despite her mother's death when she was only five, the white nursing uniform that her mother wore remained etched in her mind. She attended public schools and graduated from the Community Hospital School of Nursing in 1950. Later, she did post-graduate work at the University of Colorado and other institutions. More than three decades of her nursing career was spent in the United States Army Nurse Corps, where she attained the rank of Colonel. Her career took her around the World, including Japan, Korea, Germany, Egypt and the Scandinavian Region.  Since her Army retirement, she has worked as director of nursing at Robersonville's N.C. Community Hospital, been chairperson of the Martin County Hospice, and has worked with the American Red Cross and the Korean War Veteran's Association. Mrs. Jones served as Director of the Martin County Alzheimer's Group Respite Program in Williamston for many years. She also formed a partnership to manufacture apparel for populations needing special clothing, such as persons with disabilities. The Martin County Board of Commissioners appointed her to serve several terms on the Community Advisory Committee, which “promotes community involvement and cooperation with adult care, family care, nursing home to ensure quality care for the elderly and disabled.” Nurse Jones has always been very active in the community. She taught nursing classes, organized exercise classes, coordinated youth programs and organized blood drives. She is a member of numerous civic organizations. In recognition of her years of professional and community service she has received numerous awards including being named a Distinguished Women Of the Year by the state of North Carolina in 1999.
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Phoebe Pollitt