Long-serving reception team member Kathryn Hermann is retiring on 24 July 2020 - exactly 18 years, 1 month and 1 day after she joined Hawthorne Clinic in 2002.
Over the years, Kathryn has seen many changes. The area’s population has increased by thousands, the clinic has gone from paper records to full computerisation, and Kathryn herself has seen the babies of patients grow up into teenagers.
She says the current pandemic is, however, the most unusual event in her career. “I have a lot of perspective, I suppose. It is definitely strange all over right now. I have never seen anything like this before, but, like always, you just have to get in and get on with the job,” Kathryn says. Comments like these are indicative of Kathryn’s work ethic and team spirit.
A Bulimba resident her whole life, Kathryn has deep roots in the local community. And, while she’s not yet sure what retirement will bring, she says she’s certain she’ll be bumping into familiar faces out and about in the community.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with such nice workmates and great doctors. I will miss all of them, but especially the patients. With a few of them, we have now become good friends,” she says.
As befits a local business nearing its 100th birthday, Hawthorne Clinic has a habit of holding onto people. Currently, one other staff member is nearing her 20-year anniversary.
And, in the past, some have stayed even longer - notably Dr Beppo Pagliaro. He worked in the clinic for 53 years and only retired around 18 months ago! Among others have been two staff who stayed for 30 and 45 years respectively. Nevertheless, Kath’s 18 years is right up there.
“I am now telling a lot of people that I’m retiring. Everyone has said they will be sorry to see me go and I'm sure everyone will keep me informed on what’s going on here.”
We wish Kathryn and husband Bruce well deserved happiness for the future.