Indian Path Medical Center | News Article

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Barbara Knight runs off into retirement after working at Indian Path since before it opened in 1974
Barbara in the center, surrounded by (from left) Angie Cooper, ED secretary; Ron Owens, chaplain; Chris Brackett, ED director; and Hope VanHuss, ED nurse manager.

Barbara Knight runs off into retirement after working at Indian Path since before it opened in 1974

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – A retirement celebration as hopping as the person being celebrated was the scene at Indian Path Medical Center on Sept. 14 as team members bid a fond farewell to one of the hospital’s founding team members, Barbara Knight, RN.

The lively gathering of many of Barbara’s co-workers, family and friends celebrated Barbara and her 43-year career and wished her well as she takes on a new role as “retiree extraordinaire.”

Click here for a few more photos from Barbara's retirement celebration. (Indian Path always puts on a good show for their longtime team members when they retire!)

The recently formed lip-syncing band Do Wops & Hooligans serenaded Barbara with a personalized rendition of Bruno Mars’ hit song, “Runaway,” which made references to her career as an excellent nurse and also paid tribute to her many years as an avid runner. Team members even wore their athletic shoes in honor of Barbara on this very special day.

Barbara was hired on Jan. 21, 1974, four months before Indian Path opened its doors to its first patient. In 2014, Barbara was interviewed as part of Indian Path’s 40th anniversary. She expressed how fortunate she was to be hired all those years ago. She knew the family atmosphere made this hospital a special place to work. Through the years she has met many new people and made lasting friendships.

“I chose a career that I love and was blessed to work at a place that I love for all these years,” she said.

Read more about Barbara in this Mountain Star article from last year.