KEEPING a hospital running in tip top shape doesn't just come down to medical staff, but those behind-the-scenes as well.
Helping to do that for many years at the Leeton District Hospital has been Shirley Quinn and Helen Herbert, who recently received awards for 30 years of service.
Heather Richey was also on the list, receiving recognition for 25 years of hard work.
Leeton food and patient support services site supervisor Leanne Pitt labelled their efforts as a "tremendous achievement".
"It is an honour, so it needs to be recognised," she said.
"We all take ownership of our hospital and work hard, so it's nice to recognise individual achievements when they occur.
"Our residents (in Carramar also) become like our family and we do what we do for them."
With 85 years of experience between the trio, their knowledge and work is something to behold.
The Murrumbidgee Local Health District's recognition of years of service program acknowledges employees who have worked in the public sector for 20 years or more.
Eligible staff are acknowledged throughout 'Recognition Week', which took place in Leeton recently with an afternoon tea for the three ladies.
Mrs Pitt said the three should be proud of the service they have provided over the years.
"They go above and beyond for our residents and patients ... all on top of their everyday general duties," she said.
"Our residents and patients do become like family and we get to know them very personally, down to their likes and dislikes, even their cup of tea order.
"I've personally worked with them for almost 30 years and they all have hearts of gold and are important assets to our team."
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