Landers, director of nursing, to retire from ALMH
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LaVerne Landers of Lincoln
will retire from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital this month after
providing 28 years of service to the hospital and its patients.
Landers began her career as a nurse
technician in the obstetrics unit. From there, encouraged by her
husband, Terry, and the obstetrics staff, she returned to school and
earned her associate degree and diploma in nursing. Her continued
desire for learning resulted in a bachelor's degree in leadership
from Lincoln Christian University and most recently a bachelor's
degree in nursing from Benedictine University in Springfield.
Landers moved from her position in
obstetrics to serve as a hospice nurse before moving into the role
of case management. She was then selected for the assistant director
of nursing role and subsequently assumed the director of nursing
position in November 2007.
According to Landers, nursing
seemed a natural fit as she believes she was blessed with the gift
of caring for others. Her career at ALMH allowed her to do
purposeful work in a value-based organization working side by side
with others who cared as much as she did. She is proud of the
nursing team and believes they are the "best of the best of us."
"Many of our nurses drive by other
hospitals and clinics to work at ALMH. They choose to practice in a
culture that places the patient at the very center of all that we
do," said Landers.
Landers is proud to leave a legacy of
exceptional nursing leaders who are prepared to do whatever it takes
to care for our community and for each other.
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Former and current employees along
with the public are invited to join Landers as her contributions to
ALMH are celebrated with a cake and punch reception from 1 to 3 p.m.
Friday in the Steinfort Rooms at ALMH, 200 Stahlhut Drive.