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

What is something you will always remember about working at UI Health Care?

Lane, Teresa Lead IT Support Consultant HCIS 40 9/1/2021

“The things I will remember most and treasure about my 40 plus years of service to UI Health Care are as follows:

-The quality of care and compassion I have witnessed and experienced as an employee and patient.
-The integrity and dedication of co-workers.
-The growth and expansion of electronic systems to support the institution.
-The wonderful relationships I have developed.
All of it is absolutely amazing!

Huinker, Mary Administrative Services Coordinator Radiology 35 7/9/21 “The Educators in the BS Radiation Sciences Degree tracks are outstanding. We are family and a team: that says it all. I’ve seen many students graduate over the years and their accomplishments make me very proud. My time working in Urology with Dr. Richard Williams and his faculty and staff was also fulfilling to me; and I met visiting professors from all over the world. I’ve held other positions at the Univ. of Iowa: memorable is working with Mary Jo Small and her staff. I will cherish all the friendships and memories forever.”
Nichols, Kristy Patient Account Representative JOPFS, Transplant 28 7/7/2021 “Work is always work, but knowing you can do something that will benefit our patients, and the quality of care we provide, makes it worth coming in every day. I was lucky to have positions in hospital dentistry, and the hospital business office that made coming to work fun, and created life long friends.”
Hedges-Kane, Kathryn Revenue Cycle Representative Patient Financial Services 47+ 7/6/2021 “The people—patients, families, doctors, nurses, co-workers and bosses. Everyone had a hand in shaping my life. The good, the bad, and the ugly. You don’t stay this long if you hate your job!”
Koss, Linda Secretary III Hospital Administration 35 7/2/2021 “I have always been so proud to work at such an incredible world-class hospital and will take that sense of pride will remain when I retire. AND the people who work here from housekeeping to dining staff to doctors and nurses—they are truly among the best! The friendships I have made will last a lifetime.”
Allen, Lisa Clerk IV ASC 31 6/10/21 “Everyone that I have worked for or with are wonderful people. It is those people that I am going to miss the most!”
Everett, Carol Clerk III Internal Medicine 35 5/28/21  “I love what I do & will miss my co-workers! The people are open & friendly , & always willing to help!! I will also miss volunteering with my therapy dog, Looby. Those were some of the most memorable interactions I have ever had!! Overall, my time here has been a pleasure & I will miss it!”
Gronstal, Ann ARNP Neonatology 34 5/17/2021 “I will always remember the opportunities I enjoyed to learn, grow and serve. I treasure the people I have worked with and the meaningfulness my caregiving has brought to my life. My special connectedness to the NICU where my first son was born and passed away has been a self healing way to give back to others in similar circumstances. And of course all of us will have the special memory of serving during this worldwide pandemic and have learned new ways to respect and care for one another. I thank the departments of Nursing, Medicine and Sally Mathis for a rewarding career.”
Reif, Carol Clerk III Internal Medicine 34 5/14/2021 “UI Health Care is an amazing hospital and workplace. I have gained so much knowledge and have been surrounded by the friendliest atmosphere. All the staff are genuinely friendly courteous people who are willing to step up no matter what. Being in Internal Medicine for 33 years, I have learned so many jobs and have trained countless people. I have truly loved my job and have made so many friends and met so many people.
There are 4 members of the office I work in that I have been with for 30 plus years. They have been my work family. I will miss my second home!”
McClellen, Susan Photographer MarCom 34 5/5/2021 “All the brilliant wonderful people I have been blessed to work with. I have enjoyed documenting discoveries and important events at UIHC.”
Schwab, Judy Clerk III Rehabilitation Therapies 35+ 5/5/2021  “I will remember the numerous friends I’ve made along the way.”
Lidell, Rita Creative Media Specialist Marketing and Communications 35 5/4/2021 “I came into the hospital to meet a friend for lunch and had a job offer before I left. In those days we were the Public Information Office. We have changed our name four times, and relocated within the complex seven times. I have worked with five different CEOs of UI Health Care and five deans of the College of Medicine. By far the biggest change was bringing marketing into the fold to promote our excellent health care team. I have met so many wonderful staff members and even more families and patients we profiled. It’s been an honor to promote a place that does so much for so many people throughout the state, the country, and the world.”
Steckly, Helen Secretary III Rehabilitation Therapies 44 5/3/2021 “The opportunity to work with so many caring, gifted and talented people. UI Health Care has continued to grow and change as healthcare changes, and I am proud have been a part of it.”
Kirkpatrick, Nancy Admin Services Specialist Hospital Administration 44 4/7/2021 “UI Health Care has been my ‘second home’ for 44 years. I will dearly miss the many colleagues and friends I have been honored to meet along the way. I hope I have made a difference to the UI Health Care mission and goals and feel proud of my service. But I am looking forward to my retirement years and a future full of wonderful and memorable adventures!”
McCue, Paula Nurse Coordinator  PEDS BMT/Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center 30 4/2/2021 “The great patients and co-workers I have had the privilege to work with.”
Barton, Bruce Clerk IV Material Services 44 4/2/2021 “Besides COVID-19, I will always remember the many friendly and helpful people I have worked with over the years at UIHC. My thanks to you all.”
Robinson, LuAnn Clinical Lab Scientist Pathology 39+ 4/19/2021 “We have an amazing department (Pathology). And a huge shout out to my co-workers in the Core Pathology Lab who provide quality lab results every day of the year! I will miss everyone.”
Tuel, Sharon Medical Laboratory Scientist Pathology 39 4/9/2021

“I will always remember the amazing people I have worked with over the years!”

 

Johannes, Diana Sec III Ortho 24 4/1/21 “The stunning brain trust we have here of brilliant, trained, incisive physicians and surgeons. We have world-renowned experts walking down the hallways who look like regular folks. They are versions of Superman, just dressed down to look like a mild-mannered people! I’m amazed, just amazed.”
Bernat, Mark Performing Arts Manager Project Art 11 4/1/2021 “As a professional musician for more than 50 years, I had the opportunity to perform in some of the greatest concert halls in with some of the greatest musicians. For the past 11 years I was devoted to incorporating music in the hospital where patients, faculty and staff all had access to listening and performing music, bringing moments of relief and much needed joy. Therefore I can say with complete humility that the years spent in Iowa City and bringing much needed music throughout have been the most productive and satisfying years of my life. Many great memories that will live on in my heart.”
Keith, Carol Anes Tech ASC 26+ 3/12/2021 “The people I have worked with over the years. I have worked with some of the most caring and hard working people. They are like family and I will miss you all very much. Thanks for many wonderful and eventful years.”
Riggan, Jan Medical Coding Rep PFS 38 3/4/2021
Andersen, Al Medical Laboratory Scientist Pathology 42+ 3/1/2021 “The opportunity to constantly learn new technologies.”
Tully, Marjorie Certified Medical Coder Surgery 10 12/31/2020 “I will always remember all the people I have had the privilege to count as teammates. The UIHC staff prove that the adage of “Iowa nice” is true.”
Hucke, Marsha Health Information Technician Health Information Management 43 12/31/2020 “I have met some amazing people, both staff and patients through the variety of positions I have held the past 43 years plus. I have learned so much from each and every one. I have had very special mentors that helped me not only in the positions I have held, but helped me grow as a person. The growth of the UIHC campus and the technology changes that have come with that as well is something has made this such an amazing experience. I feel very fortunate that I have been able to work here with such great people all working to help support the patients and their families. It has been a truly enriching experience and can’t believe that 43 years has by so quickly.”
Westberg, Sueann Coordinator of the Urgent Admissions Team PFS 15 12/31/2020  “My focus has always been on the patient, at the beginning of my employment I met with patients in their rooms for registration information. Those memories of helping patients while they were sick and hospitalized are ones that I will carry with me going forward. As a coordinator, I have had an excellent team to work with that have always put the patient first. It has truly been a rewarding career working at UIHC.”
Jarrard, Debbie Administrative Services Specialist Office of the Vice President for Medical Affairs 40 12/31/2020 “UI Health Care is great place to work with opportunities to learn new things all of the time, but mostly I’ll remember all of the people I have worked with over the years.”

 

5 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.

  3. I have enjoyed working with the Ophthalmology department in Oculoplastics for 19 years – my staff physicians, fellows, residents, secretaries, techs, nurses, billers, schedulers, triage support staff, supervisors, front desk support staff, library support staff, administrative staff, and I could go on & on! I especially loved helping the patients feel like this big hospital really cared about them personally! It has been a very fulfilling career for me and I will miss all of you! Thank you for the last 19 years!

  4. A Poem Honoring Ernie’s Retirement
    by Michael Chan
    Food and Nutrition Services
    August 2020

    Ernie Ernie
    What a memory
    Keeping watch for our safety
    Over 30 years as your duty
    Respectful, honest and friendly
    You will be in our sweet memory

  5. I have had an outstanding career here at UIHC spanning just over 42 years. The changes in health care and its delivery have been amazing – computers, PCA pumps, EPIC, etc. Parting is definitely bittersweet. I wish I could personally thank all the wonderful people that I have met here at UIHC – you have made working here an incredible journey. And I wish everyone the very best as they live out their careers. Thank you all for the care and kindness you extend to our patients, families and each other! Stay safe, stay strong, and always remain true to your friends and colleagues.

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