Kenrda Montana

Grove Sun

Jan Hynum, the voice of INTEGRIS Grove Hospital for more than 19 years, answered her last call on Friday before retiring from the job she has held since 1992.

“I have loved working here. I have been with this hospital through many changes, many bosses, many improvements and I have enjoyed every minute of it,” Jan said. “I have been very fortunate to have a job that I really liked doing for all of these years.”

Jan began her employment at the hospital in 1973 when she volunteered to be a Cherry Red.

“I became a volunteer at the hospital almost 38 years ago. It was in 1973 that I first worked as a Cherry Red. When I started I never thought that it would lead into something permanent but it did,” she said.

In 1992, Jan took over the position of switchboard operator.

“I started working the switchboard almost 20 years ago when there were only a couple of phone lines and a lot less employees and departments,” she said. “I have seen so many changes in this industry since I took over that it is hard to describe but I have been able to keep up with it as I go. I have had some great bosses and great co-workers over the years who helped me. I will miss everyone very much. We are like a family here.”

And the feeling is mutual.

“I don’t know that I could say enough good things about Jan Hynum,” said Cheryln Gelinas, access manager for Grove INTEGRIS Hospital. “Not only has she been an absolutely great employee but she is one of the classiest, most wonderful people that I have ever had the pleasure to know. I am going to miss her very much.”

Jan makes her home in Grove with her husband Ben.