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Olds hospital, care centre employees receive long service awards

Two retirees among those honoured
Registered nurse Cathy Bennett retired after 35 years of service. Noel West/MVP Staff

OLDS — Two retirees — Kathy Cullen and Cathy Bennett — were honoured during the annual Olds Hospital and Care Centre (OHCC) long service awards and staff celebration, held earlier this month at the facility.

Cullen spent 12 years in the long-term care department. Bennett, who served in acute care, retired after a 35-year career. 

Joyce Loewen of the operating room was honoured for 40 years. Fellow operating room employee Elaine Taylor was honoured for 35 years of service.

Three people were recognized for 30 years of service. They are Heather Venneman, operating room; Doris Heiser, emergency department; and Ardis McArthur, acute care.

Donna Edwards in material management was honoured for 25 years of service.

Six people were recognized for 20 years.

Two are in environment services: Diane Grzela and Linda Prohl. Two health information management employees were also honoured. They are Deanna Greenwall and Bertha Hunt.

Also recognized for 20 years of service were Susan Lavigne in acute care and Marjorie Mountain in lab/diagnostic imaging (DI).

Twelve people were honoured for 15 years of service.

They are: Julie Andersen, lab/DI; Jessica Cunningham, long-term care; Carrie Richardson, long-term care; Dr. Marais, operating room; Jocelyne McIver, operating room; Lori Lazurko, nutrition and food services; Dr. Nel, Wild Rose Medical Centre; Dr. Kelly, Wild Rose Medical Centre; Cory Hanna, facility, maintenance and engineering; Tricia Ekert, acute care; Andrea Layden, pharmacy; and Denenne Paulson, environment services.

Rhonda Reid of acute care was honoured for 10 years of service. 

0HCC site manager Wayne Krejci served as MC for the occasion.  Area director Rob Swanson was a special guest.

A congratulatory message was conveyed to recipients by Allan Sinclair, senior operating officer of Alberta Health Services’ central and south central zone.

“It is my privilege to convey the message that you are valued for your dedication to health care, to patients — sometimes your neighbours, friends or family — and to your community,” he wrote.

“You should be proud of your achievements and the difference you make, every day. We are proud of your contributions and we wish you the most heartfelt congratulations and appreciation for your service.”