In 1972, Gayle Holdgreve came to Lima to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio (known as Northwestern Business College at the time) and moved into the 718 building on Market Street from 1972 until 1974. Fast forward 38 years — Gayle is working one floor down from her college residence.
“I didn’t want to come to Lima to go to college. I wanted to go to Maine University. God (and my dad) led me here where I ended up going to college, meeting my future husband and ended up coming back to work where I started it all,” said Holdgreve.
Gayle has worked at St. Rita’s Medical Center for 38 years. The last 27 have been in the Trauma Services Department where she is a Trauma Services Data Coordinator. Although she is not involved directly with patients, she cares about each patient at St. Rita’s and their outcomes. “By gathering and reporting specific data, we are able to help in the process of assuring outstanding performance and continued performance improvement which lends to positive outcomes.”
Her commitment to her profession has led her to assist St. Rita’s in becoming a Level II trauma center. She was also a part of the first American College of Surgeons verification in 2000 and will be a part of the next one as well.
Although she did not originally plan on coming to Lima, she has come full circle from college to a career and she believes that God placed her here for a reason and she has found what she is meant to do.
This is part of a monthly series of stories submitted by St. Rita’s Medical Center marking the 100th anniversary of the hospital.