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The hospital had a retirement party Friday afternoon to mark the end of Uland's 32 years of service at GCGH and the beginning of his retirement.
"It feels good to see the people I've worked with over the years and some former employees," Uland said.
Uland's successor, interim Chief Executive Officer Tim Norris, wished his former boss of 20 years well.
"We will miss him of course," Norris said.
Norris added Uland has served as a mentor over the years as he worked in his former position of Chief Financial Officer. He also served as a mentor as Norris prepared to succeed him.
"I came back to the hospital because of Jonas. I spent some time at the hospital, then did some auditing. Then, Jonas asked me to come back," Norris said.
Director of Pharmacy Mike Crane said he has enjoyed working with Uland over the years.
"I have worked in healthcare for more than 40 years. He is the best employer I have worked for. You don't get any better than Jonas Uland," Crane said.
Violet Newton, Uland's former secretary of more than 30 years, wished Uland well as he moves into retirement.
"I just hope he is happy," Newton said.
Uland said while he anticipated the retirement over the last month, he has been reflecting on his time at the hospital.
"Malcom Clippinger was the administrator when I first got here and he taught me everything," Uland said.
While Clippinger has since passed away, Uland said he was very appreciative he had the opportunity to be trained by his predecessor.
"This is a little like the movie Forest Gump. After running for two straight years he just decided it was time to stop. I'm Forest Gump," Uland said.