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Platte County Memorial Hospital honors retiring employee


Janet Shoop’s career began at PCMH in 1967

WHEATLAND, WY (Nov. 8, 2013) – A health care career spanning 4½ decades will come to an end soon with the retirement announcement by one of Platte County Memorial Hospital’s longest-tenured employees.

Today Platte County Memorial Hospital announced that Janet Shoop will retire from the hospital where she’s worked since 1967.

Shoop’s current role is Human Resources Information Specialist. She processes all new employees to include background checks, W2s and employee badges, coordinates new employee orientation, and manages other human resources activities.

When she began her career with Lutheran Health System, the predecessor to Banner Health, she worked as the administrative secretary and helped in the business office filing insurance and answering phones.

“My first day everyone left at 4 p.m. and I was alone from then until 6. It was an old-fashioned phone with the buttons across the bottom. We had no paging system and I had to call around to find the person I needed. It was a little confusing the first night.”

Through the years, Shoop worked in the business office, managed payroll and benefits and transitioned to Human Resources. She recalled that the deductible for Medicare patients in 1966 was $40. It jumped to $44 in 1967 and today is $1,160.

The biggest change she saw in healthcare during her tenure was the transition from paper to computer – from the Human Resources functions all the way through to physicians now completing orders electronically.

Most of all, Shoop said she will miss her co-workers.

“After 46 years, PCMH has been like a second home to me and I have learned so much,” she said. “I have worked in so many areas of the hospital and seen so many changes through the years.

“I worked for 13 different CEOs,” she added. “My co-workers are all superb and a pleasure to work with.”

Shoop targets Dec. 6 as her last day on the job. Post retirement she hopes to get some traveling in and possibly return to the hospital as a volunteer.

Platte County Memorial Hospital has provided medical excellence to the residents of Platte County since 1955. The hospital offers Emergency care, inpatient services, cardiopulmonary care, inpatient and ambulatory surgery, laboratory, medical imaging and women’s care. For more information, visit

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