RUMFORD – About 50 people braved chilly, damp weather to honor Rumford Hospital staff members on their fifth through and 30th anniversaries of service to the hospital and the River Valley community with a banquet at the Pavilion.

After dinner, Rumford Hospital CEO John Welsh welcomed the honorees and their guests and thanked them for their dedication. Each manager then honored staff members for their service.

Andrea Child, RN, was honored for the longest service. She has worked at the hospital for 30 years. Typically, she was at work on the Medical/Surgical Unit where she is coordinator. Child started her career at the hospital as an LPN and went on the earn her RN, before becoming unit coordinator.

Brenda Duguay, RN, who has served for 25 years, has worked primarily in the Intensive Care Unit. She went to the hospital out of nursing school. Paula Voter, Dietary Department manager, also boasts 25 years at the hospital. She joined in 1989 as a tray aide and has worked her way through the ranks to lead the department.

Cindy Toher, lead pharmacy technician, and Martha Watson, RN, were honored for 20 years. Toher has worked in the pharmacy all those years; but Watson, who also began her service in the pharmacy, became an RN and joined nursing.

15 years of service: Linda Blais, Physical Plant and Swift River Health Care; Donna Cambra, Medical Record Coding; Joette Carlton, Birthing Center; Lainey Cross, Lab; and Sally Stone, Lab.

10 years: Leora Adams, Food Service; Linda Beaudoin, ICU; Deb Day-Oliver, Health Information; Sharon Kennedy, Health Information; Rodney Kuhl, Swift River; Chuck Manning, Finance; Nancy Smith, Swift River; Alicia Welch, Lab; and Stephen Yap, Emergency Department.

Five years: Vanessa Adams, Birthing Center; Elaine Buckley, Med/Surg; Katherine Fletcher, Environmental Services; Kim Gagnon, Swift River; Jo Hebert, Central Supply; Pauline LaRone, Med/Surg; Tamara Sorensen, Central Registration; Elizabeth Tuttle, Food Service; Karen Welch, Radiology; Debbie Wight, Med/Surg; and Linda Zadakis, Lab.

As the evening ended the honorees were invited to take home the African violets in caf cups with the hospital logo that had decorated the dining tables. The violets were grown and donated by Fay Philbrick, Central Registration, and the decor was planned by Priscilla Bickford of Human Resources, who organized the event.

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