Edith Mutch retires after 48 years at MVHC
December 3, 2013
In 1965, Edith Mutch, RN, began her healthcare career as an overnight nurse in the Le Sueur hospital which was then known as Minnesota Valley Memorial Hospital. Over the next 48 years, she was witness to many changes in the facility and its services.
“People used to stay in the hospital for a few days for a physical with tests and procedures, but now everything is done as an outpatient,” Edith says. “There were times when the hospital had to downsize, but it always managed to keep going,”
Prior to the Emergency Department being open around the clock, there were times when Mutch would work alone through the night.
“Our ER used to close at 10 p.m. but now our emergency services are available all the time,” she says. “So much has been added over the years. We have an excellent physical therapy department, expanded radiology services, the nursing home attached to the hospital and Sunrise Plaza. And the new remodeling is a big plus for the hospital.”
When the hospital opened in 1960, it had a maternity department complete with a labor room, delivery room and nursery. Edith estimates she helped bring 50-60 babies into the world.
Edith looks forward to retirement and sitting in her recliner watching it snow knowing she won’t have to travel out in it at night anymore.
“I have always loved nursing and I loved working at Le Sueur, but it is time to slow down and enjoy my good health now,” she says. “I will have more time to visit my grandchildren in Wisconsin and to knit, garden and travel.”
Edith was honored by her co-workers at a reception at MVHC on Wednesday, November 27th.