Many of you know Grace Dalrymple as she led GoldenCare senior wellness activities, teaching us all how to “Age with Grace.” After more than three decades of remarkable service, Grace Dalrymple retired from Valley Medical Center in early December. Beginning her career as a medical assistant, then transitioning to Valley’s business office where she was immersed in on-the-job Medicare training, Grace moved seamlessly to providing Medicare counseling for seniors in our community. While leading GoldenCare, Grace organized flu shot clinics, health screenings and senior health fairs, improving the health of thousands of community members. Through her additional leadership of Volunteers in Action, the Healing Garden and gift shop, there’s no question Grace has left an indelible mark at Valley.
“Thirty-five years went by in the blink of an eye,” says Grace. “Over the years I’ve had eight bosses and more co-workers than I can count. I had the good fortune to work with and learn from the best and the brightest at VMC. I found my true passion in the GoldenCare program and honestly felt like I had the best job there could be—it was a great source of pride for me. Working with our volunteer organization and helping manage their staff and business was the icing thing on the cake. I’m continually impressed with the work our Service Navigators provide our medical center and wish everyone I’ve known and worked with the best of health and happiness!”
In addition to enjoying the winter sunshine in the Southwest, Grace is looking forward to spending more time with family, and in particular, a new grandchild. As a great friend and a fun-loving, accomplished colleague, the Valley team will miss her dearly.
Volunteer Services welcomes Carrie Murayama who has added the management of this team to her role leading Development at Valley. If you are a current volunteer, you’ll already know Lara Wilmore who has been promoted to Supervisor of Volunteer Services. Medicare counseling for GoldenCare members is provided by Paul Gunther.
For those who have appreciated her expertise or enjoyed volunteering under her leadership, we invite you to leave well wishes for Grace in the comments below.