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Medical Assistant Is Mom In a Family of 12

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March 28, 2018

“Miranda is a joy and a blessing.”

Those are the words that accompanied a letter nominating Miranda Johnson for a Helping Hands Award, recognizing IU Health Cancer Center employees who exemplify care, compassion, and commitment to patients beyond expectations.

“Miranda is caring and competent. As a medical assistant Miranda is one of the first faces most patients see. She has a huge smile at all times and has genuine enthusiasm for her job. Miranda continually puts the patients and their needs above other concerns. She is always willing to do what is asked of her,” wrote a co-worker.

A recipient of the quarterly award, Johnson just sees her job as something she’s called to do.

“The fact that I know I can change a person’s life regardless of what position I’m in is what I value most about my job. Whether I put a smile on their face or just help them feel more relaxed during a scary time, that’s what I’m here for,” said Johnson.

One patient who came in with breast cancer, facing chemotherapy and scared wrote a note to Johnson after her visit and it said: “You are exactly where you should be and the moment I saw your smile, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be.”

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At a young age, Johnson dreamed of becoming a nurse. A lifetime resident of Indianapolis, she attended Arsenal Technical High School and became pregnant with her first child during her senior year. She completed her GED, her CNA certification and worked third shift at nursing homes for 12 years while raising her family. She and her fiancé have a blended family of 10 children including twins. While she spent time at home with her children she worked at a cleaning business with her sister and began her career as a medical assistant in 2011.

“Luckily my fiancé and I have always worked opposite shifts so one of us is there for our children,” said Johnson. “I’ve always been upfront and honest with my kids to teach them to go to school and get their education. I love working in the medical field and the patient interaction so I’ve always told my kids to do something the want to do and now something they are forced to do.”

- T.J. Banes

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