It was with a great sense of sadness that we at Bayview Hospital officially announced our loyal Assistant Administrator, Lynda Lewis’ retirement as of December 31 last year. Lynda has been a long-serving employee, witnessing the Hospital’s evolution from as far back as 1986 ( that’s over 30 years of dedicated employment).
Lynda has seen Bayview go through many changes, including the recent acquisition which has led to my involvement with the Hospital. I am especially grateful to her for continued service to Bayview which, along with Mrs. Edwards and the management team, helped to ensure a smooth transition of ownership.
Although we do not have statistics readily available in Barbados, the US Bureau of Labour states that the median number of years that wage and salary workers stay with their current employer was 4.2 years in January 2016, down from 4.6 years in January 2014. Therefore, the type of dedication shown by Lynda deserves special acknowledgment; especially given the fact that employees are now opting not to dedicate their entire career to any single employer.
Lynda competently assisted in the leadership of Bayview’s administrative and nursing teams, as well as oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Hospital. She also sat on our Infection Control Committee, Health and Safety Committee, and the now dormant Theatre Users’ Committee. In addition, she served on the Friends of Bayview group, which has made several donations and contributions to the Hospital over the years. She also started the Bayview Facebook Page and continues to regularly contribute some of the most liked posts on the page.
Admirably, Lynda formed the ‘Little Pink Gift’ charitable organization that helps breast cancer patients and family members with financial support and counseling. She is also an extremely talented photographer and over the years, has even had a couple of her photos on display in the Hospital.
Lynda’s colleagues describe her as a woman who is supportive, dependable, honest and straight-talking; a great and practical problem solver and advice-giver, and someone who is always available to lend a hand and roll up her sleeves to get the job done. Her friendly attitude will be sorely missed here at Bayview, whilst her enthusiastic and caring community spirit will be fondly remembered.
On behalf of the Bayview Hospital Board of Directors and the entire Bayview family, I would like to wish Lynda every success in her future endeavors and in this new chapter of life.