Kathy Winder, manager of Memorial’s pediatric speciality clinic, will retire from Memorial on April 26, after 33 years. She will remain in Colorado Springs, working in a management position with Children’s Hospital Colorado.
We asked Kathy to look back at her career at Memorial … in her own words.
“In my 33 years at Memorial, I have watched the hospital grow and evolve into a system. It has truly been, and continues to be, an integral part of the city of Colorado Springs.
When I started as manager in the PICU, we had a four-bed unit. When I left 21 years later, we had gone through two expansions and had grown to 15 beds.
I managed the Pediatric Specialty Clinic for 12 years and helped it grown from 4,000 patient visits per year to more than 7,500 patient visits per year.
I brought the Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course (PALS) to Memorial and Colorado. We were the third state in the nation to offer the PALS course.
During my many years of management, I have tried to lead with compassion and understanding. I accepted people as they were, but I empowered them to grow and reach their full potential.
It has been a great journey and I have learned a lot and matured in my time here at MHS. I have made many friends and have appreciated my many mentors.
I can’t thank everyone enough for the wonderful time I have had here. It is not goodbye, but until we meet again.” – Kathy Winder
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