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COVID Community Hero: LaDonna Hagan, Nursing Home Administrator

Stormy Orlin says that her mother has always been her hero – but the recent COVID-19 crisis has shown her just how big her mom’s heart is.

LaDonna Hagan is a nursing home administrator in Gwinnett County, where she helps care for adults with developmental disabilities and brain injuries. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, her daughter says, she has been a passionate advocate for her residents and a beacon of hope for her staff. According to Stormy, LaDonna has worked 18-hour days nonstop since day one of the coronavirus to make sure her residents and staff alike are safe and healthy.

During this time she has cooked breakfast for her residents when there have been call-ins due to sickness; she has organized Facetime calls with family members for her residents; and she has assisted the National Guard in ensuring compliance and sanitization efforts in her building. “She truly has done it all with such grace and gratitude,” said her daughter. “It is clear she has a natural calling to nurture and protect.”

“She has a unique way of loving and caring for those who are most vulnerable,” said Stormy. “I am proud to call this woman my role model and am grateful for her and others who are working the front lines of this pandemic, adding love and empathy along the way.” Thank you, LaDonna for your selfless service to your patients and all those in your care!

LaDonna Hagan