Bryn Echevarria Retires After More Than 30 Years at HGH Radiology

Bryn Echevarria said goodbye to Humboldt General Hospital’s Radiology Department after more than three decades of service last month.

The last day on the job for the former radiology manager, lead technologist and staff technologist was June 27, although Echevarria’s official retirement date will be September 15, 2019.

When Echevarria began working at the hospital in 1989, there was one x-ray room that did plain films and fluoroscopy. “We were a department of two people and the radiologist came from Reno two days a week,” she said.

Today, the radiology department supports eight modalities including MRI, Computed Tomography (CT), X-Ray, Vascular Ultrasound, Obstetrical Ultrasound, Cardiac Ultrasound, Mammography and Bone Densitometry.

During Echevarria’s time, the hospital also added nuclear medicine and hired its own full-time radiologist.

The one-time x-ray tech achieved certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists after meeting educational preparation standards, complying with ethics standards, and passing a comprehensive exam.

She also achieved advanced registries in Computed Tomography (CT), ultrasound, mammography and MRI.

Echevarria also was named Humboldt General Hospital’s Employee of the Year for 2011. Additionally, she was the driving force in reaching out to the rural communities for several years as part of the hospital’s “Community House Call” initiative.

It’s that drive to excel that helped Echevarria stand out. “It has been interesting and educational learning all the different modalities over the years,” she said. “I think you should enjoy what you are learning; it is much less of a struggle to learn if you do.”

Echevarria was feted by her staff members with a special retirement lunch and gifts; staff members from across the hospital also stopped by to enjoy cake and share well wishes.

HGH Interim CEO Karen Cole presented Echevarria with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a plaque commemorating her dedicated service to HGH and a retirement check.

“It has been a pleasure for me, our board members, our providers, our staff, and our patients and community to have you at the head of the Radiology Department,” Cole said.

“You have brought skill and knowledge, kindness and compassion, precision and detail to your position and we are very grateful.”

Echevarria plans to spend more time with family, including her two grandchildren, as well as return to her favorite pastimes and perhaps cultivate a few new ones.