OSWEGO, NY – Longtime Oswego Health employee Linda Davey will be among those recognized during the healthcare systemÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s annual employee recognition dinner held May 15.
Davey is a very familiar face to those who have had children at the Oswego HospitalÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s maternity center.
During DaveyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s years in the maternity department, she has seen many changes in equipment and hospital policies.
She was there when fathers were first allowed in the labor room.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œFathers used to be banned down the hall someplace,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Davey recalled. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œNow they are active participants and can spend the night if our census allows it.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
She has not only seen the handwritten birth certificate become a thing of the past, but also the manual and electric typewriter.
As the departmentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s official recorder of birth certificates, Davey said the document that was once one page in length 40 years ago now requires 12 pages of information.
However, without hesitation, Davey said the best change in the department occurred in recent years.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThis new maternity center was the biggest change of all,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â she said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWith its private rooms and private tubs.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Davey announced she will retire at the end of the year. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThat will be the hardest thing to do, to walk away,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â she said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œTo be honest I couldnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t have picked a better place to work.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Davey wonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t be the only long-time employee recognized during the employee dinner.
Kay Batchelor, a registered nurse in the surgery center, recently retired after 45 years.
At the dinner, those employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years of service, or more will be recognized.