Maria Alcaraz said she was going to cry at her retirement celebration.
True to her word, the longtime environmental aide’s eyes were glistening
Tuesday, August 27, as she thanked her co-workers for 18 years of camaraderie,
laughs and hard work.
“Thank you,” she told the gathered group in the Humboldt General
Hospital Sarah Winnemucca Conference Room, “I am going to miss you.”
Alcaraz’s co-workers responded with kind words of their own. “She
is such a hard worker and is very respectful,” said one. Another
agreed, “She is always a great person; I wish she could stay.”
According to Alcaraz’s supervisor, HGH Plant Facility and Safety
Director Duane Grannis, Alcaraz has created many special friendships within
the Harmony Manor and Quail Corner long term care communities.
Grannis told Alcaraz that for those residents and personnel, “you
are not just a housekeeper; you are a friend. If they are feeling down,
you lift them up with your good sense of humor.”
Grannis said that in Quail Corner especially, Alcaraz has often helped
with residents who haven’t felt up to doing their exercises. “All
you have to do is go and ask to join and it solves the problem,” he said.
He added, “I think some of them have a crush on you!”
Further, Grannis said that when Alcaraz has gone on vacation, “many
of them miss you and keep asking when you are going to come back. I’m
sure they are really going to miss you now, and so are we.” Grannis
presented Alcaraz with a retirement plaque, a beautiful bouquet of flowers
and a check representing $100 for every year of service at Humboldt General
Hospital. Friends and co-workers added their gifts and flowers to the
mix. The group also enjoyed cake and punch from the kitchen.
As to the future, Alcaraz said she hopes to spend more time with family
and friends. She joked about coming back to work “casual call”
and Grannis assured her the door will always be open.