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Barb Williamson celebrates 30 years at Rogers

03/15/23 01:15:pm

Barb Williamson.jpgHouse supervisor Barb Williamson was 38 years old when she started as an RN at Rogers on March 1, 1993.

“Rogers was the perfect fit. I pulled in the driveway and encountered a turkey, deer, and woodchuck before I even made it to the front door,” she recalls. “Definitely my kind of hospital. The beautiful setting called my name.”

Over the last three decades, Barb has been a strong foundation for nursing at the Oconomowoc campus, says Terri Cohn, chief nursing officer. “She has a wealth of knowledge along with a calm presence during challenging situations.”

As Barb celebrates her 30-year anniversary at Rogers, she shares her most memorable moments, the organization’s biggest accomplishments, and what she envisions for Rogers’ future.

What have been the most memorable moments to you personally over the last 30 years?

I have made friendships here that I will always treasure and continue to make new friends. I have learned so much from my co-workers. Working at Rogers is an ongoing journey of learning and self-awareness. Working here can be very challenging but equally rewarding. I find great gratification when I can make even a small difference in making someone’s day a little easier. I have had some terrific and compassionate managers who nurtured me along the way. I have no regrets.

What are some of Rogers’ biggest achievements during your time here?

Most of us have known someone, maybe a family member or friend, who has struggled with depression, addiction, or other behavioral health issues. It can be a very desperate feeling trying to find help for someone you love. I am grateful Rogers is here to provide that help. Rogers has met that challenge with the expansion and implementation of new programs across the country.

What are you most looking forward to at Rogers?

I am certain Rogers will continue to grow. We have an amazing, impressive team! We are all unique but somehow bring it all together to benefit our patients. It is truly a team effort.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining Rogers?

There are many opportunities for advancement, and the support is here to help you reach your goals.

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