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
“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.