The best example of how long Nancy Botts, RN, has worked at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, Ill., is found in her family.
My daughter was 5 years old when I started here, and now shes married with six kids, Botts said. Thirty years seems like a long time when you think of it, but its gone so quickly.
Botts was one of seven employees, including five RNs, who were honored March 9 during a 30th anniversary ceremony at the hospital that featured the unveiling of a piece of artwork by her husband, local artist Timothy Botts.
The artwork highlights the hospitals mission statement, Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, and is on display in the main entrance.Photo by Barry Bottino
Local artist Timothy Botts describes his work of art that showcases Adventist Glen Oaks Hospitals mission statement, Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ.
Nancy Botts, an obstetrics nurse, was honored along with fellow 30-year employees Margaret Burke, RN, BSN, ACLS, a recovery room nurse; Mary Clark, RN, quality coordinator in quality management; med/surg nurse Elisa Mercado, RN, BSN; and Carol Rohrsen, RN, ACLS, a nurse in cardiology stress testing.
The 186-bed hospital opened March 9, 1980, as Glendale Heights Community Hospital on a 15-acre plot of land that once included the boyhood home of Merle Reskin, a founding father of Glendale Heights.
Im very proud of how Glen-Oaks has prospered through the years, Mercado said. I stayed here because its like a family. All the people are so nice, and the administration is very supportive.
As the hospital has grown, nurses and other hospital staff members have maintained a strong commitment to patients. Through the years, weve kept up with all the advances just like any of the bigger hospitals, Burke said. We have a really nice cardiac cath unit. We have a no-waiting emergency room and a much larger emergency room. Its beautiful. Our ICU has been updated quite a few times.
Being a small hospital has benefits, according to 30-year employees such as Rohrsen.
Being small is really nice because you see the same patients, Rohrsen said. They come in and say, Oh, you did my test last year. I get a lot of that.
For Mercado, whose unit includes children and geriatric patients, taking care of all different ages is gratifying.
Im so happy … that I was able to help people, especially the kids, Mercado said. You see it in their faces when they go home and say goodbye to you and thank you for everything youve done. Theyre grateful and they write letters. That makes me happy.
Barry Bottino is a regional editor for Nursing Spectrum.