Reva Harper

Title Retired Nurse
Company Baptist Health
Location Paducah
Reva Harper
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Initiated by Baptist Health

Reva Harper says her gratitude story begins with “family, friends, chance encounters and experiences” — all of which have taught her that one of life’s greatest gifts is to love and be loved.  

I am grateful to those who have helped me find joy in living, to those who have helped me appreciate the value of smiles and laughter, and to those who have reminded me that the world always needs kindness. The list goes on…

And that list includes Baptist Health, according to Reva, who laughingly adds: “Baptist raised me.”  

In 1964, Reva began work as a nurse’s aide at Baptist, where she went on to become a registered nurse, and ultimately a maternal child educator, teaching childbirth classes, sibling classes, newborn care and women’s seminars at the hospital. She also taught obstetrics and pediatrics to nursing students at Western Kentucky Technical and Community College. 

“My nursing career began and ended at Baptist Health. Baptist gave me roots and helped me grow,” says Reva, who is now retired. “It has been my joy to see Baptist grow and to see many of my students in leadership roles. Thank you, Baptist!”