Peggy Mcbride, right, Unit Secretary of Acute Care at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is pictured with Clinical Coordinator Linda Norman, RN, MSN, CNML during a party hosted by her teammates.

When Peggy Mcbride started working at VCU Health Community Memorial, the cost of a gallon of gas was 86 cents and a gallon of milk was $1.62.

Mcbride recently celebrated 40 years of service as a unit secretary for acute care, joining the hospital in 1979. Her teammates wanted to make her feel special and threw her a party recently.

“Peggy has brought with her knowledge, dedication, and hard work that’s unmatched in her support for the team,” said Clinical Coordinator Linda Norman, RN, MSN, CNML.

Norman said Mcbride’s attendance has been exceptional, only calling out of work maybe two times in these 40 years.

Certainly a lot has changed in the industry after four decades, especially with computer systems replacing traditional paperwork.

“Even when the workflow has changed, Peggy has found new ways to support the team. She is truly an innovator,” Norman said.

While continuing to reminisce on how different life is today in the hospital, Mcbride recalled how the emergency department in those early years just had a phone.

“A phone was there, and if you needed help, it said to call this number,” Mcbride said. “The call went to the floor and a secretary would go down to the emergency department to register the patient.”

A nurse was then contacted and a doctor would be informed if further treatment was needed, she said.

While Mcbride has no plans on retiring, in reflecting on her years of service, she said, “I love all of it. I like to be busy all the time.”

Mcbride lives in Freeman, and has two children and two grandchildren.