The bonds formed between providers and patients can sometimes feel like family. An administrator of a Georgia skilled nursing facility took that to an entirely new level by having residents be a part of her wedding day. 

“PruittHealth’s mission is ‘Our Family, Your Family, One Family,’ and clearly – we mean it,” Ashlyn Broderick, administrator of PruittHealth – Augusta Hills, said. 

Broderick and her fiancé U.S. Army Sergeant Major Jason Holland were married at the Augusta-based skilled nursing facility during a ceremony in December. 

John Burns, a resident at PruittHealth – Augusta Hills, pictured during a wedding ceremony at the facility on Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 in Augusta, Ga. Burns was the ring bearer during the ceremony. (Sean Rayford/AP Images for PruittHealth)

Initially, the two were going to be married at a local courthouse until Broderick realized it would be tough to transfer many residents offsite for the ceremony. 

She later proposed the idea of having the ceremony at the facility because she wanted the residents and staff to be a part of her special day after building “strong relationships” during her eight years at PruittHealth.  

Four residents served as bridesmaids during the ceremony, while one served as a ring bearer. Another resident, Claude Epps, walked her down and the aisle and gave her away. 

“To be able to marry the love of my life, surrounded by the loves of my life,” Broderick said. “I don’t think I could have asked for anything better than that.”