Her name was the last to be called during a long night of honoring employees, but everyone got to their feet to give Emmy Maierle a standing ovation. The dietary aide was marking 40 years at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

She was one of 88 employees honored at the hospital’s 45th Annual Service Awards Dinner at Lukan’s Farm Resort in Hawley on June 20th.

The evening is a time set aside for the administration, medical staff and board to recognize employees who have reached milestones observed in five-year increments. Altogether, they represented 1,135 years of providing quality healthcare.

Maierle attributed her longevity to the fact that Wayne Memorial is, in her opinion, still a small community hospital – thankfully, that has not changed in her four decades of employment. “My favorite thing about working here,” she said, “is trying to do good things for the patients and to get along with all the different personalities of other staff.”