It is evident that Dennis Quist enjoys working at Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital. Besides the infectious smile he always has on his face, his 30-year tenure there speaks for itself. Quist was selected as the Employee of the Month for January. He is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and enjoys working in the lab with Tom Berenato.
It is evident that Dennis Quist enjoys working at Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital. Besides the infectious smile he always has on his face, his 30-year tenure there speaks for itself.
Quist was selected as the Employee of the Month for January. He is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and enjoys working in the lab with Tom Berenato.
The two men share responsibilities with one part time person, but when it comes to the weekend shift, the two men rotate every other weekend, after working a normal work week.
Before hiring a part time person, the two men were called back to work during the night as many as five to six times a night. Now, it may be just one or two times per night, with the part time person working until 11 p.m.
The hospital has been searching for another full time lab tech for the past year, but the field is becoming scarce.
Quist grew up in Gridley, graduating from Gridley High School in 1968. He graduated from Brigham Young University after a five year Medical Technician program. He pursued his internship in Provo for one year and then married Lynn Slagle in May 1974. The couple has four children and four grandchildren.
"We felt it was important to raise our children here with our parents close by. We wanted them to know their grandparents intimately," he explained.
He worked one year in Willows, before hearing of a job opening at Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital, replacing two people who had each worked there 25 and 30 years.
Quist is amazed at the advancements he has witnessed in the past 30 years. When he entered into this field, he was using a slide rule to figure results and now everything is computerized.
"My instructors told me what was going to happen to the field in 30 years and I couldn't believe it. They were right," Quist said.
Quist enjoys not only the staff at BGMH, but all of the people he sees in the lab. Growing up here, he naturally knows a lot of the people that come into the hospital.
He remembers being six years old having his tonsils out and his next door neighbor was his nurse. "It is a nice, one-on-one relationship with people taking care of you," he said.
In his off time, every other weekend, Quist enjoys being outdoors, hunting and fishing, (which isn't surprising, since his father-in-law is Gerald Slagle).
"I can't believe the immense support this community has given to the hospital. I knew we would make the $250,000 challenge, no problem. To come up with double that amount in such a short time was phenomenal," he concluded.