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A roof over your head and a smile on your face

An entire hospital in Springfield rallied around one of its employees who was in a tough spot, just in time for the holidays.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - An entire hospital in Springfield rallied around one of its employees who was in a tough spot, just in time for the holidays.

We see many faces in our day-to-day lives, but sometimes a generous smile or a kind conversation can stick with you.

Barb Guse worked the cash register at Riverside Cafe in Peacehealth Riverbend for 14 years, and she did so much more than scanning barcodes and counting change.

Until she suffered cardiac arrest, and her dependable face vanished as she was admitted to the hospital for a month.

Her Peacehealth family rallied to give back the kindness she showed them, and one nurse actually led the effort to get her a new roof for her home.

"You know I can just type up a letter and we can collect signatures, and we can put in one big application," said April Burton, a Nursing Assistant." They wouldn't want to deny Barb and her family the opportunity to help somebody that's so deserving."

It wasn't hard to get signatures, because everybody wanted to help Barb. So with one nomination and 1,850 signatures, they delivered on their promise.

Burton won the Service Excellence Award this year for helping Barb, and its just a reminder of how far a smile can go.

Barb is still doing rehabilitation, which she says is going well. She hopes to come back and volunteer at Riverbend when she has fully recovered.

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