We want to recognize Connie McGath for her nearly 23-year career at Columbus Regional Health. Connie retired on Friday, May 27. Since joined the organization in October 1999, Connie has worked the majority of that time in Food Services. She also worked a couple of years in Human Resources. Connie said she will miss all of the workforce members she has met. “I loved getting to know the staff throughout the hospital. I’m going to miss all of them a lot, as well as my co-workers,” she said. “It’s been an enjoyable time.” Food Services Manager Sarah Denton said Connie has made a positive impression on a lot of people: “Connie is a fan favorite at the Hospital, and she has made many special friends over the years. She always has a kind word for all, and she treasures the relationships she has made at CRH. I have only had the privilege of working with her for a few short months, but the impact she has on our department and with her customers by being a friendly face will be hard to replace.”
Recalling a specific work memory, Connie talked about the 2008 flood. She had recently had knee surgery and was working in the hospital on the day of the flood. CEO Jim Bickel was out in the water moving cars, she said. He pulled Connie’s car keys out of her hand and said, “I’m moving your car.” That meant a lot to Connie. “It shows the care and family atmosphere that has always been present,” she said.
Connie is looking forward to spending time with her family and their new rescue dog, Mollie. They will take short trips, with plans to visit family in northern Minnesota.
Thank you for your service, Connie, and enjoy your retirement! We will miss you!