She started in the position 46 years ago on Jan. 6, 1976, and she plans to retire at the end of September 2022.
Over those years, she’s watched many people come and go, made friends with many staff members and patients, and endured at least 11 remodeling projects during which her desk was often relocated.
“When I started, check-ins were simple. I had a telephone, a pen, a piece of paper and a typewriter,” said Donna. “Things have changed a lot through the years.”
In the beginning, she would handle check-ins with a one-page form that included name, address, phone number, insurance information and the contact number for next of kin.
‘I Didn’t Think I Would Last’
Donna recalled being hired in 1976 by then-administrator Irene Yetter. “I hadn’t even applied,” she said. “Irene called and said they needed a receptionist, and asked if I would take the job. I said I would give it a go. I didn’t think I would last.”
After she had worked at the hospital for about a year, Irene approached her and said: “I think we might need an application form in your file.”
Donna didn’t start out aiming for a medical career. In fact, she worked previously as a grocery store checker at the Council Oak store in Albion for 20 years before joining the hospital.
She now has 66 years of work experience in just two jobs.
Complete story in the Sept. 21 Albion News/Boone Co. Tribune, and Petersburg Press.