A number of employees of Alton Memorial Hospital were honored during the hospital’s annual employee banquet over the weekend, but one recipient received an award that doesn’t paint a complete picture of her service to the hospital. Virginia Ilch was honored as a 10-year employee of the hospital Saturday night but Alton Memorial Hospital Senior Coordinator of Public Relations Dave Whaley says she’s provided more than 10 years of service to the hospital.

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Ilch graduated from Alton High in 1956 and obtained her degree in nursing from Deaconess School of Nursing in 1959 before accepting her first job at Alton Memorial in 1960. Since then she has left and returned to work in various roles at the facility and recently completed her 10th consecutive year of per diem employment in the hospital’s Quality Improvement department.

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