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St. Thomas janitor brings sunshine to hospital

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Freddie Wiggins has worked for 36 years as a janitor at St. Thomas Hospital. (WSMV) Freddie Wiggins has worked for 36 years as a janitor at St. Thomas Hospital. (WSMV)

Hospitals are filled with important and necessary people that save and change lives every day.

But it’s not always the doctors and nurses that find their way into that role.

When Freddie Wiggins signed up as a janitor at St. Thomas Hospital in 1990, they gave him a mop and said do your best to keep the place clean.

Now 36 years and many mops later, what he’s been picking up is the mood of the people he sees every day.

Freddie Wiggins is the sunshine at St. Thomas Hospital.

“I make them happy, they make me happy,” he said.

His way to soothe patients and visitors on their cloudy day. The mop is just a prop.

“Good morning young lady. Find everything OK? Have a blessed day. Good morning. Thank you.” are some of the things Wiggins tells people he bumps into.

The hospital considers him their ambassador, assigned to the first floor and often the first face visitors see.

“He’s never in a bad mood, always the same every day,” said Judy Kendall, a nurse at St. Thomas. “I’d love to just have a piece of his positivity.”

“When you say young lady, young man, people say, ‘Thank you, I haven’t heard that in a long time,’” said Wiggins. “They don’t remember what you say. They don’t remember what you do, but they always remember by the way you make them feel.”

After 36 years, the happy talk never stopped.

“A lot of people say why don’t you be a Walmart greeter,” said Wiggins. “I’m a people person greeter. Everyone is important. I try to put everyone on the same pedestal cause nobody’s different, we’re all on the same path.”

Wiggins said the hellos and smiles are the easiest thing he does all day. When he drives home from work, he only listens to talk radio. He said at that point, he’s tired and just happy listening.

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