West Islip resident Joanne Deacon retired from Good Samaritan Hospital on June 1, bringing close to a career spanning six decades.
Deacon, a registered nurse, was inspired to pursue a nrusing career after a quick stint as a nurse's aide at Good Sam. She studied at Flushing Hospital Medical Center School of Nursing and joined Good Sam as a staff nurse following her graduation in 1966. At the time, the hospital has only 175 beds, compared to the 437 it has today.
Througout her 46-year career, Deacon was promoted to nurse manager and worked her way up to Emergency Department supervisor.
In 1990, Deacon transitioned to a new role, becoming the hospital's employee health coordinator.
“Joanne’s contributions to Good Samaritan over the past 46 years have been invaluable and she will be missed,” said Senior Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer Pat Hogan.
To celebrate her retirement, Deacon gathered with colleagues and friends.