Retirements

This list is not a comprehensive list of all UI Health Care retirements. People on this list have notified UI Health Care Human Resources of their retirement, and they have given approval to be listed here. In order by retirement date.

Name Job Title Department Years with UI Health Care Retirement Date Something you’ll always remember about working here:
Carney, Kathey Clerk IV Engineering Services 30 12/31/2019 “I started work when personal computers were not even a normal item for work or home. The journey into learning has been wonderful. The work environment has been upgraded and made safer with things like badges. I like the way the university moves forward and solves problems of today and maybe even tomorrow. Been great being here. Everyone gets an A plus from me.”
Snicker, Jeff Application developer HCIS 21 11/22/2019 “I will always remember how friendly the people were that I worked with over the years.”
Cheyney, Kate Laboratory technician Pathology 15 11/2/2019 “There is something special about being able to work with the bravest patients in the hospital – the NICU babies! Their will to live even in the harshest of times for them is one of the most awe-inspiring and remarkable things to witness. It has truly been an honor to be chosen to work with the staff here, and these special babies. “
O’Connor, Gary W. MLS Pathology 30 11/2/2019
Johnson, Kim Staff nurse Opthalmology 37 10/4/2019 “I have been PROUD of the EXCELLENCE of care given to our patients. I work with outstanding nurses, doctors and entire ophthalmology staff! Thank you for the 37 years!”
Matzen, Shelley Associate director, Radiation Sciences Radiology 43 9/5/2019 “I love the stimulating, challenging and intellectual environment as well as working with and teaching students who seek understanding and growth. I love the people I work with who strive to maintain a team atmosphere, are goal oriented towards our mission, and are excellent communicators and friends. It’s been a pleasure to watch and learn from the leaders of the hospital and university. My utmost respect goes to Bruce Herrald, Dean Robillard, and Ken Kates, among others. I will fondly remember having an office on the 7th floor in the Gothic towers and watching the technology change in radiology. I was able to work on the first generation EMI (head CT) scanner which took 1 hour for a scan and poloroid pictures to save the images; now, it’s lightening fast. I’ve watched MRI being born, as well as other technologies. I remember watching the Old Capitol dome burn from my office area and felt the earthquake tremor. I love UIHC, the University, and most of all the people I worked with. So many wonderful memories. Lead on Black and Gold!”
Anderson, Norman Clerk 3 Internal Medicine 27 9/4/2019 “I will always remember the great people I met working here. My coworkers, the doctors, nurses, support staff, administrators, housekeepers, and all the others I met along the way have made this a great place for me to work. I won’t miss having to get up and go to work every day, but I will deeply miss those with whom I worked.”
Hansen, Rusty Biomedical Equipment Tech Bioengineering 39 9/3/2019 “The evolution of the technology, the expansion of the complex and, of course, all of the people that I have had the pleasure to work with.”
Kruse, Bobbi A. Staff nurse CWS – PSC 27 8/28/2019 “My Pediatric Nurse career since 1992 has been a blessing of passion to serve my Patients and Families. I am proud to have been a member in many Pediatric areas at UIHC: Pediatric Floors: Cardiology, Allergy, Pulmonary, Premies, Heme-Onc, Ortho, ENT, Neuro, Neuro Surgery, Surgery and PICU-2JCP-3JCP Float. Clinics: General Peds / Family Medicine, Pediatric Specialty Clinic and Neurology Specialty Nurse. Many of my amazing coworkers have become life long friends. I am thankful for this experience during this 27 year journey… I have reaped the best benefit of being a Nurse – you should ALWAYS be happy in your Career path – there are so many opportunities… Even as an ADN!!!”
Smith, Theresa M. Staff RN, lead NRP RN instructor CWS, NIC 1 14 8/4/2019 “I love the scholarly, intellectual environment. It has been great to be constantly learning and growing in my knowledge about conditions and improvements in caring for our very vulnerable and tiny patients and their families.”
Bayliss, Renita Clerk-typist III Anatomic Pathology 43.5 8/2/2019 “The fond memories working for UI Health Care will always be cherished, especially the people you meet along the way, whether it be professional, merit or patients. I have tremendous appreciation for being associated with UIHC and seeing UIHC grow and expand over the years, welcoming new services and its expansion to keep the networking system going in all directions of healthcare. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to reflect the treasure that UIHC was my employer.”
Johnson, Dave Mechanic Hospitals Grounds 27 8/1/2019 “I worked 21 years for UI Patient Transportation keeping the van fleet running and driving occasionally. Shop was in Coralville. And 6 years for Hospital Grounds after Patient Transportation vans were discontinued.”
Potter, Becci Clerk III Pulmonary Diagnotics and Intervention 33 7/18/2019 “I am proud to have worked with some of the best that UIHC has to offer. They work tirelessly every day to give our patients and guests compassionate and timely care. I am fortunate to have worked in an environment that recognizes longevity, experience, and the knowledge that comes with it. A place that encourages input and values opinions I am grateful for every patient and guest I’ve had the opportunity to assist. I’ll leave hoping I’ve made the same positive impact as my experiences have given me.”
Crossett, Judith Clinical professor Psychiatry 20 7/12/2019 “Colleagues; seeing students realize psychiatry is real; and a few patient stories I can’t tell.”
Oral, Resmiye Professor Pediatrics 18 7/10/2019 “Collegiate support for collaborative work”
Johnson, Greg Web content manager Marketing and Communications 34 7/5/2019 “Mentoring:
• Receiving some of the best on-the-job insights from masters of their profession
• Reinvesting those lessons for new generations of brilliant learners”
Clark, Carla Work comp specialist Work Related Care Management 38 7/1/2019
Mahoney, Deb ARNP Psychiatry 10.5 7/1/2019 “How smart, supportive and friendly all the staff in the clinic and CSU have been. I have really enjoyed my work here.”
McCracken, Deb Senior imaging technologist Radiology 43 7/1/2019 “I just love all the great people I have had the privilege of working with also all the fantastic patients that I have come in contact with! I love university hospital so much. Really 45 years of my life has been in this hospital!! Just the best place to work!! I will miss it so much!”
Smeins, Krista Director Work Related Care Management Strategic Relations 30 7/1/2019 “There are so many kind and caring people that work at UIHC – people who put patient care first. I will miss that terribly, This is truly a very special place and I am beyond fortunate to have worked along-side many outstanding providers, nurses, and support staff. Carry on ;)”
Gingerich, Jean Nurse specialist pediatric EP Pediatric cardiology 33 6/18/2019 “I started at UIHC in 1985 on C34/4JCW followed by the EMSLRC, the Emergency Treatment Center / Aircare, Adult Cardiac Cath Lab as ANM followed by Adult EP as a Nurse Clinician. Nineteen years ago I moved to Pediatric Electrophysiology when Dr. Ian Law was hired. I have been a part of wonderful teams with the main goal “to give great care.” It has been a privilege to work with incredible people and care for so many patients and families over 33 years. I leave grateful for the opportunities and proud of working at UIHC & the Stead Family Children’s Hospital.”
Arndt, Stephan Professor Psychiatry 31 6/30/2019 “Good people”
Buckingham, Patricia Clerk II Pathology, DeGowin Blood Center 26 6/03/2019 “How grateful I am for and to all of the people that I have met an worked with over the years, especially our volunteer blood donors.”
Macz, Melanie Dental assistant Hospital Dentistry/Oral Surgery 17 6/4/2019 “Working in clinical health care, every day is new and different and exciting. It really is a teaching hospital, I learned a little something each day from my co-workers, residents and patients….thank you all so much for the great experience!”
Killion, Chris Pharmacist Pharmaceutical Care 36 5/3/2019 “The growth of the facilities — the people of Iowa are lucky to have UIHC when they need health care.”
Moss, Jane Support service coordinator Patient Access Center 45.8 5/1/2019 “The great staff I have had the privileges of working with and for. Starting as a Nurse Aide for Jean Barloon and Bette Dales. They set such a good example of what it meant to ‘care’ for our patients and being held accountable. I have tried to stay true to their teachings throughout my career.”
Stewart, Jan Clinical research coordinator Cancer Center 40 4/1/2019 “I’ve had so many great co-workers and met so many great patients through all these years. Thanks to all of you for the wonderful life experiences.”
Porter, Vicky Staff nurse Clinical documentation 14 4/11/2019 “I will always remember my wonderful co-workers and the staff I interacted with in PFS, it has been a great time.”
Bontrager, Gene Clerk III Radiology 29 4/5/2019
Bontrager, Judy Secretary II Radiology 27.5 4/5/2019 “I will remember the wonderful people from all walks of life coming together in the various departments and working as a team to serve those around them.”
Letterly, Dana Staff nurse 4RC ISS division 28.5 3/21/2019 “Football games”
O’Donnell, Gail J. Staff nurse Nursing: ASC 35 3/8/2019 “I will remember starting as a new grad on Neurosurgery. Working the day/night shift and trying to learn to sleep during the day. I will remember the old 6 OR in General Hospital where I worked in the Recovery Room, now PACU, and using the ancient freight elevator to transport patients back to their rooms after surgery. The hospital kept expanding and moving south! Doctors and nurses smoked in the lounge while giving report. I will always remember the fun I had, AND trying times, while my nursing colleagues and I gave good pt care in a top notch facility.”
Irland, Cheryl Staff nurse Nursing 35 3/7/2019 “Getting lost going to the morgue.”
Williamson, Diane Supply chain coordinator Ambulatory Surgery Center 43 3/1/2019 “All the wonderful people I have worked with over the years.”
Blanchard, Stephen C. Director of clinical functions Psychiatry 17 years, 10 months 2/15/2019 “It has been a pleasure to work collaboratively with colleagues both within and outside my department. The challenge of advancing our missions of clinical service, research and education has been rewarding and has kept every day an adventure. I will miss the people of this organization most.”
Geyer, Janet Nursing practice leader Nursing: CWS almost 34 2/11/2019 “I have loved working with the best people at the best hospital. I am so proud to have been a part of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Stead Family Children’s Hospital all of my professional career.”
Kerr, Jane Research specialist Psychiatry 40 1/16/2019 “I will always remember the great staff I have worked with over the years. The impact all the research participants and their families have had on me has been memorable, many stories. Time has really flown by!”
Gorsh, Linda Clerk IV Nursing Children’s and Women’s Division 45 1/3/2019 “It has been an honor and a pleasure meeting so many patients, families, visitors and staff. The University touches lives on so many levels. I have seen this in the building and opening of the new Children’s Hospital. I have watched the entire Hospital grow and evolve and be a constant work in progress. UIHC has been a huge part of my life and my job has never been the same from one year to the next. It has been a rewarding journey.”
Smith, Kris Nurse practitioner Child Health Specialty Clinics 13 1/3/2019 “I have appreciated the wonderful group of people I worked with to support families and children with special healthcare needs. The dedication I saw and willingness to go the extra mile encourage the best in me.”
Thrapp, Judith Staff nurse BHS 46.5 1/2/2019 “I have enjoyed working with the greatest staff and have met thousands of wonderful patients. general hospital was the sole building and it has been fascinating watching UIHC expand.”

2 comments

  1. words cannot express the feelings I have had working at uihc on mother baby. I have had so many wonderful patients to care for and my staff just wonderful. they all will stay in my heart always. everyone here from linen to dietary, bio, css, peds cardiology, doctors I have met so many great people and that I will cherish always. my bosses I thank you for this wonderful opportunity to work here. take care everyone and I promise to check in on you.:)

  2. I started my nursing career in 1974 starting with nursing assistance as I was working on my Practical Nursing Degree. After graduating my first job was on the Otolaryngology on 2 Boyd Tower which was the only private rooms at that time. I learned so much and returned in 1998 working as an Occupational Health Nurse in Employee Health and finishing my nursing with Orthopedic Department. I have meet wonderful staff and learned much from my peers and physician. I will truly miss my peers and the patients I have worked with over the 18 1/2 years.

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