Jeanine Finnell, RN recently retired as the quality director for DCMH, a position she held for the past two years. She has worked at the Delta hospital for the past eight years in obstetrics, infection control/employee health and in risk management.
"Thank you to each of my co-workers for making Delta County Memorial Hospital a caring place to work and to be a patient," Finnell said. "I feel that the successes in my department have been due to this motto for quality: 'Don't just do something, stand there.' In other words, analyze situations before acting on them!"
Finnell also worked at DCMH for 11 years as a registered nurse in PACU (post surgical unit), in the medical-surgical unit and as a day manager. Her husband, who is also a registered nurse, and she were in Homer, Alaska, for 16 years, working in a 20-bed hospital where Finnell was the day charge coordinator and obstetrics coordinator.
Chief clinical officer Jody Roeber said, "The hospital will miss the care and dedication that Jeanine brought to the quality department. Her experience and soft-spoken style will be hard to replace. Jeanine has been actively training Melissa as her replacement for the past two months, and I feel that Melissa is ready to take on this leadership role within the hospital."
Finnell plans to work occasional hours with HopeWest Hospice at the Plateau Valley office. She will enjoy quilting, and her two adult children and three grand children. Finnell dedicated 39 years to her nursing career.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.