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Kathy Schafer Retires After 46+ Years of Service

Kathy Schafer began working for KSB in 1975. Approaching a well-earned retirement, she is looking forward to relaxing and spending time with her grandchildren.

Kathy served in many roles over the years, including Nurse’s Aide, RN, Head Pediatric Nurse, PACU Nurse, Surgical Services Director, Senior Director of Surgical and Cardiovascular Services, Surgical and Cardiovascular Business Manager, Data Analyst, and Revenue Integrity team member.

“Kathy has been an integral part of the nursing community for the past 46 years, and she has contributed to many successful technology and renovation project implementations over the years,” said Chief Nursing Officer Linda Clemens. “Her achievements and legacy have touched so many people over the years, she will very much be missed, but her legacy will live on!”

Looking back on her many roles, Kathy feels like surgery has always been her passion. Working with the Surgical Services team holds some of her best memories, including one night on the Galena Avenue bridge.

“On my way home from work, I got a call that there was a ruptured “AAA” in the ED,” remembers Schafer. “One of the scrub techs was walking home, so I stopped in the middle of the bridge and yelled out the window that I needed her to get in the car now as we had an emergency. She did not hesitate! She jumped in the car, and we went back to work. That was the kind of team we had.”

Kathy worked with many outstanding people over her career and recalled when the entire hospital staff was under 400 people. “It was easy to know just about everyone,” says Schafer. “Staff pulled together to get the job done no matter what. Covering extra shifts was never a problem –it was just expected. If you are lucky to have a department dedicated to each other and their patients, you truly have something special.”

“I have had the privilege of working with Kathy for only a short time, but I quickly learned what an amazing person she is,” says HIM Director Brina Brown.  “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such an intelligent, compassionate, and capable person. Her knowledge and genuine love of what she does has been delightful. Wishes for all the best in her well-deserved retirement.”