Barton executive set to retire |

Barton executive set to retire

Linda Thompson’s retiring after 19 years as vice president of public relations and foundation at Barton Memorial Hospital, and for her that means just one thing: fun.

Thompson plans to spend more time skiing, kayaking, camping, golfing and traveling. Thompson’s final day on the job is May 22.

“This is a difficult decision, as I have enjoyed my job and am proud to be connected with Barton hospital and the foundation,” she said. “The foundation board has provided me many opportunities to grow and cultivate some very special friendships, and my staff has showed outstanding support for many new programs and outreach efforts.

“I have enjoyed going to work, generating new ideas, conquering new challenges and growing with every opportunity,” Thompson added.

She praised the success of the foundation as it grew to its present $4.1 million. The funding helped purchase equipment and establish new programs for the hospital’s patients, she added.

Thompson is retiring a few years before she had planned, due to the death of her father almost a year ago. His passing left her with the chance to explore new business opportunities, while remaining in the Tahoe area.

“My husband, Ron, is a retired pharmacist and enjoys many days on the golf course. I intend to take some lessons and give him some competition. I love living in Tahoe and want to take in all I can from this place we are so lucky to call home,” Thompson said. “So long as my enthusiasm and high energy doesn’t drive my husband nuts, we’ll do great into the twilight years.”

With Thompson’s retirement, Barton Hospital will divide the public relations and foundation leadership roles. Both will be filled through an application and recruitment process.

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