After almost a lifetime at Family Health West, the organization is saying goodbye to four of its most beloved employees, and is doing so all at the same time.
"We've had a lot of comments about the fact we spend as much time in the workplace as we do. It seems kind of fitting then that we step away at the same time," explained Dennis Ficklin, long-time President and CEO of Family Health West.
His wife Camille, the Director of Information Systems added, "To be able to work together and be so involved in each other's lives, we feel very fortunate. We're very good friends in addition to being married for almost 43 years. So it's been a really great experience."
Camille came on board at Family Health West 23 years ago, in a roundabout way.
"(It) started that I worked my other job," she explained, "and then I would come out and work on the one computer that we had at the time, helping Dennis with the cost report and stuff. And finally Carol Rushholt, who was the CEO at the time, said, "Just put her on the payroll.""
There have been defining moments for them both.
"We opened the main street experience, and it's been a tremendous success ever since," Dennis explained. "Reduced amounts of medications, increased nutrition, families loved it, an innovative place to come visit mom. And we even captured the front page of the Denver Post."
They have plans for the future and are looking forward to them. But leaving isn't easy.
"It will be hard to leave," Camille explained. "It will be hard to leave the people. The friendships, the caring, the involvement, that will be difficult to leave behind."
Errol Snider, another long-time employee was in the valley, left, then came back and finally ended up at Family Health West in 1990.
He says the plan was just to see what he wanted to do when he grew up.
A groundbreaking new program in the 90's led to romance and marriage.
"A number of years ago we opened a childcare center," Snider explained. "..in '99 we hired a director, and I actually hired the director, and that is the person that is sitting next to me. And she not only did a great job with the childcare, but she took this child and has done a great job with him over the last 12 years," he said, referring to himself.
Michelle, now his wife, was excited about the new job, but what did she think of Errol?
"My very first impression of Errol was, "Wow, that guy's loud!""
What's in the future for Errol and Michelle?
"All kinds of things," Errol explained. "I have this wonderful bucket list. I have every belief that at some point I'll be an usher at Coors Field. I want to work for the Rockies."
The Sniders and Ficklins, leaving after 87 total years. They may be leaving a job, but not their family at Family Health West.