The longest serving employee at the Woodstock General Hospital is retiring after 46 years.
WOODSTOCK - The longest serving employee at the Woodstock General Hospital is retiring after 46 years.
Wayne Smith had his last shift in June. He is the Woodstock Hospital's longest serving employee. In the Woodstock Hospital newsletter Smith says he has experienced first-hand the technological advancements and overall transformation of our hospital from the old site to our new home on Juliana Drive.
“I was dating my now wife, Donna, when her mother, Joan, told me about an Inhalation Therapy Technician job at Woodstock Hospital. She was a CSR Aid/Porter at the hospital and knew that I was looking into a couple of different career opportunities.”
Smith started working at the hospital when he was 22 years old after graduating from Fanshawe College.
“When I first started, we worked out of a room that was the size of a four-bed ward. We would treat patients with intermittent positive-pressure breathing and give them medication to help dilate the airways, just like we do now but a different way.”
For almost 40 years Smith has served as the Manager of Respiratory Therapy. He has witnessed man changes in his department, especially in terms of ventilator care. In the Hospital newsletter Smith says he plans to spend his retirement spending time with his four children and eight grandchildren.
“If you work in the healthcare industry, you are doing so because you want to help others. I will miss helping people and also the social aspect of the job.”
The Woodstock Hospital wants to thank Wayne for his dedication and commitment to the health of our patients throughout his long tenure and wish him all the best in his retirement.