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1/26/2018 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 1/26/2018 10:10:43 AM CENTRAL
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Partridge celebrates 39 years with GVMH

Please join Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare staff members as they help Alma Dee Partridge celebrate her retirement after 39 years at GVMH. A retirement reception will be held Friday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the hospital lobby. The public is welcome.

Partridge began her career at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in 1972 as a certified nurse’s assistant. After taking time off to start a family, she returned as a licensed practical nurse while finishing school to become a registered nurse. As an RN, she worked as the evening charge nurse on medical floor before becoming the overnight house supervisor. These roles prepared her for her current role as the Patient Experience Coordinator.

Partridge says the best part of her position is interacting with patients and being able to provide care and comfort.

“I really enjoy making rounds and post-discharge care calls,” says Partridge. “I get to develop a closeness while caring for people, and if they have a problem I enjoy finding the resources and people to solve it.”

Building relationships is something Partridge feels GMVH does well as an organization. 

 “Patients are not just a room number or a diagnosis, they are part of our community,” Partridge says. “We treat people on a personal basis. No matter where they are from, when they walk in our doors, they are people in my community.”

Partridge has watched remarkable things take place in her time with GVMH. She says she has seen doctors work miracles and feels fortunate to have met amazing people as coworkers.

 “I’m very proud of our hospital,” Partridge says. “We offer care with compassion. I wouldn’t have stayed this long if I wasn’t proud of the work we do here.”

Partridge has witnessed a lot of change over the years and considers the growth she has seen at GVMH to be positive.

“If we keep an eye on our goals and stay community-focused we are going in the right direction,” says Partridge. “As long as we keep trying to be our best – we are a success story.”

As she nears retirement, Partridge says she will miss interacting with her patients and peers.

“In this line of work we build a strong sense of cohesion, unity and caring with people we work with,” says Partridge. “They help when you are overloaded. I’ll miss my coworkers. They care about you as a person”

Following retirement, Partridge plans to spend time with family, including her three daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She says she has always put work first and looks forward to having time to garden and volunteer more at her church.