PeaceHealth party celebrates employees 50 years

first_imgLorreta Holcomb didn’t know this was how it would go.She started working for Vancouver Memorial Hospital on Main Street on Sept. 30, 1968, and somehow made it through all of the changes since.She stuck around through the Vancouver Memorial and St. Joseph Hospital merger in 1977, forming Southwest Washington Hospital. She was there when the name changed to Southwest Washington Medical Center in 1989, and when the affiliation with PeaceHealth began about seven years ago.It may not be completely accurate to say Holcomb worked 50 years for PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, the name the hospital goes by today, but in essence, she’s spent 50 years working for some variation of what the hospital is today. That’s why PeaceHealth held a celebration Friday afternoon in the Health Education Center for Holcomb’s 50 years of work. It’s not a retirement party, though; it’s more of a milestone party.“Starting out, I had no idea I’d be here that long. Nobody does,” said Holcomb, 70, who works as a sterile-processing technician in the Gastro Endo Lab. “But I enjoyed it. … Not once did I ever say to myself, ‘I don’t want to get up and go to work.’ ”Holcomb’s career in medicine actually spans a little more than 50 years. She really began her career in 1966, when she started work for Physicians and Surgeons Hospital in Portland, as a senior at Fort Vancouver High School. She spent weekdays pulling a 5 to 11 p.m. shift, with a 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday shift.“I would get out of school on Friday, take the bus down, take a transfer, work from 5 to 11 (p.m.) and then I’d do the same thing, bus back down to my mom’s house,” Holcomb said.last_img

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