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All of SSM Cardinal Glennon is Ardie Johnson’s flower garden. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to have a green thumb—just an eye for green ways to do her job.

Certified pharmacy technician Johnson is the creator of the colorful flowers that many SSM Cardinal Glennon employees wear on their badges. She makes these floral masterpieces with recycled vial caps from the hospital.

“This is a really fun project for me and a great way to use something that we would throw away to create something nice for the employees,” Johnson said. “My goal is to get a special badge to everyone in the hospital.”

Each night after work, Johnson creates 30 to 40 of her custom-made flowers to give out to staff members. Johnson’s husband, a mechanic, has become her second gardener in command: He picks out decorations she uses to give the flowers a special touch and mends broken flowers.

Their team work has made a big impact on the hospital: In just two months, Johnson and her husband have created more than 700 flower badges.

Johnson has a bigger goal than simply beautifying the hospital. She wants to increase morale and unify SSM Cardinal Glennon as a team.

“When we go to Mission Days and other conferences, I want Cardinal Glennon to look like a team and feel proud about the great work we do,” Johnson said.


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