Oswego Health Honors Longtime Employees At Employee Recognition Dinner

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OSWEGO, NY – Longtime Oswego Health employee Linda Davey will be among those recognized during the healthcare system’s annual employee recognition dinner held May 15.

Davey is a very familiar face to those who have had children at the Oswego Hospital’s maternity center.

Linda Davey, who has worked in Oswego Hospital’s maternity center for 40 years, is among the Oswego Health employees who will be recognized for their many years of service at an employee recognition dinner.As the department receptionist for the past 40 years, she has ushered laboring mothers into the labor room and let countless grandparents know where they can visit their newborn grandchild.

During Davey’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.

“Fathers used to be banned down the hall someplace,” Davey recalled. “Now they are active participants and can spend the night if our census allows it.”

She has not only seen the handwritten birth certificate become a thing of the past, but also the manual and electric typewriter.

As the department’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.

“This new maternity center was the biggest change of all,” she said. “With its private rooms and private tubs.”

Davey announced she will retire at the end of the year. “That will be the hardest thing to do, to walk away,” she said. “To be honest I couldn’t have picked a better place to work.”

Davey won’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.