There was standing room only at a farewell event for Rita Kulsley, a much-loved
laundry aide at Humboldt General Hospital.
Tuesday, March 1, staff members gathered to honor Kulsley at her retirement,
and her 20th anniversary with the organization.
Humboldt General Hospital CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish presented Kulsley
with her 20-year pin—which she anxiously anticipated—as well
as a 20-year anniversary clock.
Kulsley also received a retirement plaque, chocolates, flowers and a check
for $2,000—representing $100 for every year of service at Humboldt
Additionally, the OB Department presented Kulsley with an old-fashioned
wash board as a reminder of the thousands of loads of laundry she has
processed over the years.
“It’s good to be done,” said Kulsley to her audience.
That brought some laughs, especially since the Loveland, Colorado native
has been counting down the days to retirement for the past five years.
Kulsley worked her first 14 years at the hospital as an environmental aide
before taking over as the laundry aide six years ago.
But now, an exultant Kulsley said she will trade in her washers and dryers
for NASCAR, sports, sleeping in, exercising and adding some decorative
touches to her home.
She also plans to spend some quality time with husband, Dave, and cat Patches.
Kulsley said her favorite part of working at HGH was the people . . . and talking!
Numerous friends at Kulsley’s retirement party shared how they will
miss Kulsley’s NASCAR reports, weather reports and updates on everything
from sports, the news and especially her countdown to retirement.
“You made a difference here,” said CEO/Administrator Parrish,
“and we will miss you.”