Two women celebrate 40 years at St. Luke's NICU

Two women celebrate 40 years at St. Luke's NICU

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by Maggie O'Mara

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Idaho's NewsChannel 7

Posted on February 14, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 14 at 9:28 AM

BOISE -- These days, not many people can say they worked for the same company for 40 years.

But two women at St. Luke's can say that.

Joyce Loveland and Kathy Snyder are Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurses at St. Luke's.

Now, after helping thousands of premature babies, it's time to say goodbye to a job they love.

In 40 years, nurses Joyce Loveland and Kathy Snyder have seen a lot of growth at the St. Luke's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Over the years, they have helped save thousands of premature babies.
"Back then, 28 weeks was probably among our smallest and youngest babies. We felt great to save the 28 weekers." said Joyce Loveland, a NICU nurse.  "Now, 23 weeks we've saved."

Babies just like little Kallie Mosley.

"She was born Dec 4th, at 25 weeks.  She was one pound, three and half ounces, and 12 inches long.  It was so wonderful to have Joyce.  She was always there, very good with her," said Krista Mosley, a mother of a preemie.

"The families are amazing, we have so many devoted parents that come in for months to see their little one and to hold them," said Joyce.  "You just have a special place in your heart for them.  When they come back year after year and you see them growing."

Nate Marks was one of the first babies they worked on.  That was 40 years ago!  He was born three months early.

"When I was born they gave me a slim chance to make it," said Nate Marks.  "Kathy and Joyce gave my mom a lot of encouragement and said, keep praying for him and he'll make it."

After all these years, and so many babies, Joyce and Kathy have decided to retire.

"You know, I think in your heart, you just know when the time has come," said Joyce.

"You get to a place where you just know," agreed Kathy Snyder.  "There's a few more things that you want to do."

Kathy was awarded the President's Award in December for all of her years of service at St. Luke's.  It is the highest honor possible at the hospital.

Saying goodbye certainly won't be easy.

"There are just certain babies that capture a piece of your heart." said Kathy.

And it's hard to believe for some of the parents too.  The two women will be dearly missed.

"They tell us to take it a day at a time, and they are the strength to get through the day," said Krista Mosley.

But for these nurses, it's time to start enjoying retirement after 40 years of hard work.

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