WDMH nurse Debbie Stoodley retires and says she won’t miss the holiday shifts

Above, Debbie Stoodley’s nursing graduation picture and Debbie Stoodley celebrates her retirement with colleagues at WDMH. Courtesy photos

WINCHESTER — Debbie Stoodley says it is bittersweet to retire from Winchester District Memorial Hospital after more than 40 years – but she sure won’t miss those holiday shifts!

“I’ll miss the staff,” she says. “They are my second family. We had our traditional Easter potluck dinner a couple of weeks ago at work and actually got a dinner break to enjoy it!”

Debbie’s career at WDMH started when she was at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall. She did part of her nursing training on the Medical/Surgical Unit and then started in a full-time position in November 1978. She was born and raised in the area and has many connections to her local hospital. “I remember staying in the hospital overnight as a teenager and being very grateful about the care I received. My mother was a volunteer and I came with her one summer to help take the tuck cart around to patient rooms. I also canvassed in the community for the ‘Renewing the Vision’ campaign to raise funds for the hospital.”

Debbie says she has seen a lot of changes in 40 years as she has worked in almost every area of the hospital. For the last decade, she has also been a Charge Nurse, with increased responsibility on the night and weekend shifts.

Retirement will mean spending more time with her seven grandchildren, ranging in age from one to seven. She says she wants to spend time with them when they are little.

WDMH colleagues are happy that Debbie will coming back to WDMH on a casual basis – but don’t expect to see her during the holidays. Best of luck and thank you Debbie!

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