Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – Christmas is sure to be bright and merry for a local telehealth nurse and her family.
Gulf Power and PanCare have come together to throw a big Christmas surprise by giving their home a holiday makeover.
Amber Hartman is an LPN in the PanCare telehealth program at Parker Elementary School. She and her family received a Christmas present in advance: a house makeover for the holidays.
“I always love Christmas lights, Christmas is my favorite holiday and having you all here is just an added bonus,” Hartman said. “The lights are right – it’s very overwhelming. I feel very grateful and grateful for everyone in my life.
Hartman said Christmas is always great, but now she can see her beautiful Christmas lights every night.
“And then I stopped and I was like ‘What? It’s not my house, “but it is,” Hartman said. “And now all of these fabulous people are standing out here and it’s very overwhelming. You feel very loved.
The past two years have been difficult for healthcare workers like Hartman.
“When you work day in and day out, sometimes you start to feel like you blend in with everyone else, but people make you realize how much you really do little things like Christmas lights,” Hartman said. “And it makes me proud to be a nurse, proud to come to work every day to help the people I can. I really enjoy my job.
Gulf Power spokeswoman Sarah Gatewood said they are working hard to give back to their communities in any way they can.
“Amber is one of our health heroes, one of many in Northwest Florida and we are so excited that we can do something special for her this holiday season,” said Gatewood.
PanCare Florida Telehealth Director Brandon Luke said Hartman was the first person that came to mind when it came time to name a health hero.
“She’s awesome, all the parents, the teachers, the principal, the students, everyone loves her,” Luke said.
Gulf Power also gave gifts to the Hartman family. Amber, her two daughters and their dogs all received a Christmas present.
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