A Fulfilling Career Caring for Surgical Patients

 (Ottumwa, IA) – Since the early 1980’s Beth Hendred has been helping patients prepare for and recover from surgeries at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. She has been a Registered Nurse for 40 years, starting her career working with patients on the surgical floor where they begin their recovery process.

After 15 years as a nurse on the surgical floor, Beth changed roles and began working as the Pre-Admission Testing (PAT) nurse for surgical services at ORHC. She was instrumental in the development of the PAT program and was the nurse that originally piloted the program. The PAT program helps insure patients have all the required testing, education and instructions prior to their surgery day. The program helps to reduce delays and cancellations in the surgical services department so patients have a positive experience throughout the process.

“I have loved the satisfaction of guiding the patients through the surgical process and helping relieve their fears,” said Beth when asked what she liked best about her job. “And when I see patients in the Ottumwa community, they tell me what a great experience they had.”

In retirement Beth has plans to travel more and ride her horse as much as she can. She is also looking forward to spending more time with her granddaughter.

Plan to wish Beth well at a retirement reception today, Friday, September 8 at 2:00 pm in the ORHC cafeteria. Congratulations Beth and thank you for your many dedicated years of service here in Ottumwa and to the nursing profession.