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Three generations of women work together at Orlando Health hospital in Ocoee

OCOEE, Fla. — For many, the Thanksgiving holiday is about spending time with family.


Whether that’s the family you were born to, or the family you chose.

Photos: Three generations of women work together at Orlando Health hospital in Ocoee

Channel 9 spoke with a local bunch who reminds us that wherever you find your family, it’s something special to hold on to.

There are lots of laughter and love in this group.

This trio really enjoys one another’s company, so much so that living together wasn’t enough.

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The three generations of women all work together at Orlando Health’s Health Central Hospital in Ocoee.

It all started with Kristen Yager in 2013.

She works as the graduate nurse coordinator and a few years back, a co-worker needed a secretary.

“My mother is an absolute Excel wizard,” Yager said.

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But Donna Panzella was skeptical.

“This place draws you out. You can’t help it,” Panzella said.

And just like that, Panzella was hired.

It has been great so far – Panzella has been the secretary for surgical services for five and a half years.

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Then last month, Sabrina Yager made it three generations at the hospital.

“I basically grew up coming to the hospital,” Sabrina Yager said. “I think it’s just a test to their sense of community.”

So, this Thanksgiving, whether your true family or your work family, this trio wants you to be grateful.

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