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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Indian Path bids fond (and musical) farewell to retiring Rick Heaton

Indian Path’s Hilliary Phillips, Seba Steed and Tessa Malone performed an original song to the tune of the 1965 hit “The Way You Do the Things You Do” by The Temptations, complete with choreographed steps and hand movements.

 

Rick Heaton, Indian Path Medical Center’s long-time facilities director, retired recently. Here’s what Indian Path’s facility newsletter, The Pathfinder, included about Rick’s retirement celebration:

 

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – On Friday, March 24, 2017, a retirement celebration was held for long-time team member Rick Heaton. Rick began his career with Mountain States on July 6, 1998. He worked at Johnson City Medical Center for many years and then came temporarily to Indian Path Medical Center to fill in until we hired a permanent facilities director. Rick loved it so much at Indian Path that he turned down a job at the brand new, shiny Franklin Woods to remain here with us.

With his experience in construction management and facilities coordination, Rick was a great asset to Indian Path. He was a tireless worker and when disaster struck, like the roof blowing off the building in the July 4 storm of 2008, it seemed like he could get here all the way from Roan Mountain as fast as others could get here from across town. He was always willing to get in the trenches and do what needed to be done.

Rick was known for his ability to “design on a dime” and make the old look new again on the slimmest of budgets. He was also known as the “Best Scrounger” in the system. His ability to search out the most remote storage room of unused office furnishings and equipment from as far away as Smyth County allowed us to furnish and remodel on little to nothing.

Check out more photos from the retirement send-off.

At his retirement reception, a musical tribute to Rick was performed by the trio of Hilliary Phillips, Seba Steed and Tessa Malone. They performed an original song to the tune of the 1965 hit “The Way You Do the Things You Do” by The Temptations, complete with choreographed steps and hand movements. The “maintenance shop”-themed celebration was attended by many friends and co-workers who came by to wish Rick the best as he embarks on this new chapter of his life. His family surprised him by joining us to celebrate his retirement.

Rick will truly be missed, not only professionally, but personally as a friend to so many at Indian Path. Bill Alton, Mountain States VP of facilities & construction management, said, “Rick was a quiet, strong leader who was committed to his job, patients, staff and family. He will surely be missed!”