Heading for her retirement
After 36 years and eight months, Judith Joice says goodbye to the hospital
SAYING goodbye won’t be easy after working for 36 years and eight months but Judith Joice has retired from her position at Childers Hospital.
Her career started back in January 1979 in the laundry at the old hospital.
Over the years Mrs Joice washed, ironed and folded hundreds of uniforms and hospital linen.
The teary eyed Mrs Joice thanked hospital staff and said she had enjoyed working at the hospital.
“I have seen a lot of changes over the decades and stepping into the role of acting cook supervisor was challenging,” she said.
Mrs Joice met her husband Neil Joice at the hospital. He was a wardsman.
Pauline Williams, a co-worker said Judy was a hard worker and a perfectionist.
“In all the time I have known her, she barely took a day off work,” she said.
“She must have thousands of sick days owing,” she said with a giggle.
Acting director of nursing Deb Davis said Judy worked tirelessly over the years in the hospital kitchen and she must have cooked for every person in Childers.
“She was a role model to others and had high standards for staff working with her,” she said.
Senior media officer for the hospital Chris McLoughlin said on behalf of the executive: “We want to thank you for all your effort over the years”.
“She will be missed by many people here at the hospital,” he said.
“Judy will be dearly missed by all the staff and many of the patients here at the hospital and I wish her all the best.”
Mrs Joice was overwhelmed by her morning tea, gifts and flowers for her retirement.
“I’m not sure what I am going to do yet,” she said.
FOND FAREWELL: Childers Hospital staff celebrate Judith Joice’s long career. (Front) Allan White, Brenda Vacher, Judith Joice, Hazel Carpenter, Pauline Williams, Denise Pratt, Ruth Gill, Julie Rollinson, Cathy Higgins, (back) Angelic Dominko, Wendy Ryan, Bill Meyer, Deb Davis, Thandekile Machekera, Faye McKnight, Muriel Leavey, Ashlynn Andrgoli and Heather McMahon.
Staff celebrated Judith Joice’s retirement in style.