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Sutter Coast Employee Retires After 55 Years At Hospital

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Sutter Coast Hospital | 0 comments

After a half-century with Sutter Coast Hospital, Jerry Cutsforth, clinical laboratory scientist, retires from the hospital after more than 55 years of service.

Sutter Coast Hospital staff, friends, patients and physicians gathered to celebrate and honor Jerry and wish him a fond goodbye.

Jerry Cutsforth in 1960.

“I was just 22 when I first moved to Crescent City and started working at Seaside Hospital,” said Cutsforth, now 78 years old. “I had polio as a child and as a result became very interested in science and working in a hospital environment.”

Jerry started his career in the Lab because he enjoyed the hands-on learning and has been there ever since. He said the technological advancements in the field were tremendous in the span of his career, making his job easier and allowing him to be more efficient. Although he still fondly remembers the days when he would count out 100 blood cells on a slide for a blood test.

While many things at Sutter Coast have changed in the past 50 years, Jerry’s strong work ethic and friendly personality remained the same.

“To say we are going to miss him is an understatement,” said Lori Marzick, SCH lab manager, who was trained by Jerry for her position six months ago. “His knowledge of Sutter Coast and his love for the staff and patients will be impossible to replace.”

Jerry Cutsforth in 2017.

Jerry plans to spend his retirement in Del Norte County with his family, including his 10 grandchildren. He also has become a respected cribbage player and will travel to Reno in March for a tournament.

When asked why he was retiring, Cutsforth said, “I just enjoy working and never felt the desire to stop. I have my lab family and hospital family and I enjoy going to work every day.”

Jerry is the longest tenured Sutter Coast employee and the third most tenured employee in the Sutter Health system.

Thank you, Jerry, for being a mentor and guiding force in the SCH Lab. We wish you many years of happiness and success in both your retirement and cribbage matches.

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Sutter Coast Hospital | 0 comments