Spotlight on Employee Service: Janie Cook

“They say I’ve been here for 40 years, which is hard to believe since I’m only 39,” jokes Janie Cook on the kudos she’s receiving from her coworkers for her remarkable tenure here at TMC.

“She’s trained in a lot of areas, and has done a lot of things over the decades,” laughs Gilbert Romero, Pharmacy Director since 1981.  He adds, “Janie is part of a pharmacy family that has been around for decades.  We look forward to seeing each other.  We’ve seen her babies grow up into beautiful kids.”

Janie’s sparkling personality, combined with her experience and valuable pharmacy knowledge makes her a huge asset to the team.

What’s changed since she started here as an intern in 1972?  Lots.  At the time, she says, most medications were in vials, offering a 3 to 5 day supply.  As things evolved, so did her ability to counsel patients, and speak with physicians about a patient’s therapy.  Fast-forward a few more years, and Janie says she and have team now has even more interaction with physicians and other healthcare professionals.  Her responsibilities include monitoring drugs and drug levels, antibiotic levels, and therapy.

In a field that is always changing, Janie is big on continuing education classes.  Outside of work, she’s active in her church, and loves going out to nice dinners.  Janie says she’s looking forward to spending the next 40 years at TMC, and hollers with a smile, “time flies when you’re having fun!”

Spotlight on Employee Service: Service Pin Ceremony

It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of year again, where we shine the spotlight on some extraordinary employees, and celebrate their many years of service to Tucson Medical Center.  The annual Service Pin Ceremony in which TMC honors employees who have reached a five-year milestone of consecutive service, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Westin La Paloma.

We wanted to dish up some much-deserved kudos for these employees ahead of the event as well.  Starting today, you can read about these incredible people, and their memories from their time at TMC.  This year, we are giving special recognition to  some long-time employees, including one 50-year honoree:  David Howell from Radiology.  David lived on campus during his early days here, where he rented a room for $12.50 a month!  There are some other long-time stars, too, including Nancy Spiller and Tina Aviles, who have been here for 45-years.  There’s another group right behind them at 40-years of service that includes Janie Cook, Patti Kubista, Georgia Turner, Rita Cadava, Vickie Nunez, Carl Lo, and Donna Brewer. 

Each employee has a story to tell, and a rich history to share.  Donna – a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse, will tell you about the early days when she had to go to Danny’s Pharmacy across the street in order to get her supplies!  There are many other honorees with amazing stories of friendship, dedication and love for TMC.

The Service Pin Ceremony is TMC’s opportunity to recognize those employees who are truly proud to be here.  Enjoy reading their stories in the coming days.  They may conjure up some memories yourself!

About the ceremony:  TMC’s annual  Service Pin Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Westin La Paloma.  This year’s theme is the 2012 Olympics – Celebrating TMC’s Medalists.  Everyone celebrating milestone anniversaries this year received invitations in the mail and can bring one guest at no charge.


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