Kentucky Nursing Home Employee Dies From Coronavirus Complications

COLUMBIA, Ky. — Long time health care worker, Pamela Hughes died away on Monday from complications due to the coronavirus. A medical technician at Signature HealthCARE at Summit Manor nursing home, she dedicated her life to helping others. 

The nursing home, like many, is dealing with positive coronavirus patients. Hughes is the first known in the state to die from on-the-job exposure. 

Hughes’ best friend, Shannon Claywell, says she will be greatly missed. “Pam would want the community to remember all the good things. She would want the community to go on loving and giving you know that’s the Pam I knew,” says Claywell. 

For Hughes making a difference began at home with her daughter Brie. Brie and her mother spoke often and spent hours laughing at dinner or cheering on the Adair County High School Marching Band. 

Hughes’ daughter says that every moment and memory made will be one that she will keep forever. 

“I never wanted to take my mom for granted, you know I know I only had one mama and I definitely knew she was something special, so every day I ever had with my mom I would cherish forever,” says Brie Hughes. 

Claywell says that Hughes would want to inspire everyone to be safe and stay strong. 

“She would want people to share her story and laugh and cry but above all Pam would want you to love,” says Claywell.

Adair County plans to honor Hughes’ work and memory.