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Longtime hospital employee retires

Longtime Hudson Hospital employee Kathy O'Brien, center, retired last week. At a tea in her honor were Hudson Hospital and Clinics President and CEO Marian Furlong, left, and retired President John Marnell. Submitted photo.

After 37 years of service to Hudson Hospital & Clinics, Kathy O'Brien retired on April 3 and bid a fond farewell to her role as LifeAssist and medical staff credentialing coordinator. A retirement tea was provided at the hospital conference center in her honor and attended by many hospital staff, physicians, and family.

O'Brien and former Hospital Foundation board members Al Hein and Dan Greenwald started the home monitoring program in the early 1980s. Since then, the program, which is sponsored by the Hudson Hospital Foundation, has helped countless seniors in the Hudson community live independently.

"Al and Dan were the masterminds behind the vision to start this program," O'Brien said. "I was only in charge of coordinating it."

She often said that the LifeAssist subscribers and volunteers are a part of her family. Her dedication and devotion will be missed by the hospital, foundation, employees, volunteers and the hundreds of community members she assisted.

Rosa Magnus, volunteer and human resources coordinator, Hudson Hospital & Clinics will assume responsibilities for coordinating the LifeAssist program beginning in April.

"I've known Rosa for several years and she is amazing," O'Brien said. "Her compassion for patients and volunteers is very evident. The LifeAssist subscribers are in excellent hands."

For more information on LifeAssist, as well as other programs offered by Hudson Hospital & Clinics, contact Magnus at (715) 531-6070.