Doctors Hospital of Manteca Nurse Retiring After Nearly 35 Years of ServiceFeb 2, 2022
Manteca, Calif. – A longtime registered nurse at Doctors Hospital of Manteca is retiring after nearly 35 years at the hospital.
Deborah Raddatz started working at Doctors Hospital of Manteca in September 1987 and will retire at the end of February. Deborah has been a Labor & Delivery nurse for more than 20 years, but she has worn many hats at the hospital including working in supervision and education roles.
Deborah says when she and her husband moved to the area, they had only planned to stay for a couple years. But they fell in love with the community and decided to stay long-term.
“When my children were growing up, I wanted them to appreciate all cultures, and this was the perfect place to do that,” Deborah said.
Deborah, who has delivered hundreds of babies, says she will miss the “sisterhood” of the women she works with the most. “Because this is a community hospital, this is like my second family,” Deborah said.
In retirement, Deborah is looking forward to tackling her to-do list, spending time with friends and family, relaxing and no alarm clocks.
Here are some special comments from Deborah’s DHM colleagues:
”I have been so blessed to have had the opportunity to work my entire 23 years at Doctors Hospital of Manteca with Deborah Raddatz. She has been a preceptor, mentor and friend who is more like family to me. The rapport and relationships that she develops on a daily basis is incomparable to any. She provides the most nurturing care to her patients that I have ever seen. I will forever miss her making sure that our department is always beautifully decorated according to the season or holiday. What will stand out in my heart the most about Deborah is her passion and commitment for teaching and assisting new mothers about breastfeeding in her role as a Lactation Consultant. I will never forget the time that Deb cried tears of joy when she was able to change the mind of a desperate and discouraged new mom that was ready to quit breastfeeding her baby because she was struggling so much. We will miss Deborah so much but are so happy to celebrate this new chapter of her life.” – Kerry Washington, Shift Manager, Perinatal Services
”I have really enjoyed working with Deborah during my time at Doctors Hospital of Manteca. She was one of my first preceptors when I was hired as a new nurse. She cares so much for her patients and gives them each her full attention. She is very passionate about her role as a lactation consultant. She gave each new mother and baby the best chance to successfully breastfeed. Deborah kept our unit festive and decorated and always matched her scrubs to the colors of whatever holiday we were celebrating. I will greatly miss working with Deborah but I am so happy she is able to enjoy her retirement and time with her family who she dearly loves!” – Ashley Weber, Shift Manager, Perinatal Services