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01 Jan 2015

60 years helping healing the world

San telephonist Esther Haslam is celebrating 60 years working for the Adventist Church - 48 of those years working for the San. Esther first started working for an Adventist HealthCare facility in the UK in 1954 before starting at the San in 1967. During her 48 years here she has worked in patient services, medical records, administration (when the Clifford Tower was being built) and switchboard.

During a lunch organised by her work colleagues to celebrate the anniversary Esther said the highlight of her time was helping people and the people that she worked with.

Addressing the dozens of San staff that came to celebrate, former 24 year San Superintendent Dr Bert Clifford said for many people Esther was the point of contact with the Hospital and that she was esteemed and loved.

“Some people work for an institution, or work at an institution…Esther has become part of the institution, she is the institution” he said.

Commenting on the qualities needed for her role he said it was not just about the technology but it was a constellation of qualities.

“Kindness, forbearance, patience and good judgement – Esther has them. Esther has the feeling that she works not just for a business, not just for an organisation, but for a cause. Esther has worked for the healing of people, the healing of the world – that is what distinguishes Esther.”

SAH General Manager Brett Goods and former Matron Rosemarie Radley were amongst those who added thanks for Esther’s long service.

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