Friends, colleagues come together to wish Crytser well in retirement

When Ann Crytser starts her first day as a Peace Corps volunteer, she’ll use wisdom gleaned from her first days as marketing director at Blount Memorial Hospital to carry her through anxious moments.

Crytser said the advice administrator Joe Dawson gave her on her first day at work with the hospital will guide her in the first days with the Peace Corps. “My best advice is what Joe Dawson gave me on my first day of work. Don’t rush. Get to know everyone,” she said. “That’s advice I’ll take with me to my new job. I’ll take my time and get to know the people. How can I be a success if I don’t know the people?”

Dawson was among the crowd of colleagues and friends who filled the auditorium at Blount Memorial Hospital to wish Crytser well on her pending retirement. Her last day on the job is Aug. 15.

Crytser said she was so thankful for the many people who took the time to drop-in during the three-hour reception. “It really shows what a wonderful place this is to work,” she said.

Dawson was quick to admit Crytser’s retirement will leave a void. “We’ll find someone to fill the position, but we won’t find another Ann. She’s been good for our organization. She set standards we all strived to reach, and she set a good example,” he said.

Jane Nelson, assistant administrator, said Crytser is a wonderful person and has been a joy to work with at the hospital.

“We’re just pleased and happy for her. She’s always been an adventurer,” Nelson said.

Jane Andrews with the Blount Memorial Foundation didn’t want to believe Crytser was leaving. “I’m in denial, and I’ve pretty much decided it’s not happening. It’s a huge void for me personally and professionally,” she said.

Andrews said Crytser taught her valuable lessons with the approach she took in her job. “It’s not just about P.R. and marketing. It’s about people,” Andrews said.

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