Merit Health Biloxi celebrates nurse’s 30 years on the job

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) – On Wednesday, Mayor Fofo Gilich proclaimed August 3rd “Ira Fay Day” in Biloxi.

Ira Fay is an employee at Merit Health Biloxi, and Gilich has known her since the 1960s.

“We grew up together, literally,” Gilich said. “I graduated in 1965. She graduated in 1967. We were all skating together. I remember. She is very talented and athletic. So much fun and all of Biloxi.”

Ira Fay has been a nurse for 46 years, 30 of which have been spent working at Merit Health Biloxi. August 3rd is her work anniversary.

“I have been blessed. I’ve done a lot of things,” Fay said. “Most have been in the ER, at least 60%. When the St. Francis nuclear power plant was built, I was the nurse there taking care of people. I was at the Exxon refinery. I have worked in other refineries. I tried to work the floor. I didn’t last a week. I like to handle them and make way for them. I always went back to the ER.”

During her time at Merit Health Biloxi, the longtime physician has served as an ER nurse, ER director and is currently a staff health nurse.

“It’s really special for me as mayor to present it to someone who has dedicated his life to helping others,” Gilich added. “So that’s what’s really special to me.”

Fay said the 30-year announcement and celebration was not something she expected, but she is grateful that others are recognizing her commitment to health care.

“Too much, too much,” she said. “It caught me completely off guard.”

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