Accompanying an institution

It’s fitting that I post this blog on the day of the 38th Annual GVMH Staff Recognition Banquet.  For the past 37 years Roger Cook has been instrumental in organizing the banquet and making it a success.  This is Roger’s last year at the banquet in his official capacity as Director of Human Resources so the next time you see Roger please take a moment to thank him for another great banquet.

I had the honor of accompanying Roger Cook to the annual Missouri Society for Health Care Human Resources Administration (MSHHRA) Conference at Lake of the Ozarks on April 10 and 11, 2014.

As you are probably aware Roger recently announced his planned retirement later this year.  By the time Roger retires he will have been a loyal GVMH staff member for over 37 years.  Roger has devoted a lot of blood, sweat, smiles and tears to GVMH and beyond his role as HR Director he is also the resident historian and all around good guy.

The conference we participated in was attended by HR folks from across the state.  I was impressed with the amount of appreciation and respect the group has for Roger.  I gained a lot of valuable information from the conference but my real purpose in attending was to try to identify what makes for a really good HR Director as we begin to search for Roger’s replacement.

This was my first time attending the conference but it was Roger’s 36th consecutive time.  Roger was actually one of the founding members of the MSHHRA group and he’s been to every annual meeting the group has ever had, that in itself is an amazing achievement.

Roger plans on sticking around through the rest of this calendar year so we will all have plenty of time to pat him on the back and thank him for all he’s done for GVMH.  I was honored to be in attendance when the MSHHRA group acknowledged Roger for his 36 years of service and leadership to them.


About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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