Patients, colleagues, friends bid farewell to longtime
radiology, laboratory tech

Debra Hayes, at the farewell retirement open house at Sanford Health-Pelican Rapids.

Retirement plans for Debra Hayes are simple, concise but inviting: Enjoy the lake, sit on the beach with a good book, sip beverages–and enjoy the grandchildren. 

Hayes recently wrapped up a long career as a radiology and laboratory science career–mostly serving patients in the Pelican Rapids area.  

A farewell open house was hosted at the Sanford Health-Pelican Rapids clinic, on June 28–where she greeted dozens of former patients and colleagues. 

Her career dates to the 1980s, when Pelican Valley still operated a clinic, hospital–as well as two emergency rooms. 

“I was on call 24 hours a day back then,” said Hayes.

Left, Debra Hayes, greeting friends from Cormorant Lutheran Church, and also Pelican natives, Ron and Corraine Olson, at the June 28 retirement open house.

After Pelican Valley closed in 1992, she worked for MeritCare, and then with Sanford.   

Her connections to health care in Pelican Rapids date to when she accompanied her grandparents to Dr. Henry Korda’s clinic. Debra’s grandparents were Cora and Guy Christensen; and her parents were Loren and Marge Brandt. 

Hayes lives in the hosue that her grandparents built, on the west side of Pelican Lake.  

All four of her children, Christopher, Shane, Heather and Holly, graduated from Pelican Rapids High School. 

Debra learned her profession at St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes; and at the Fergus Falls Community College.