Andresen Retiring from Kish Hospital After 42 Years
August 4, 2009
Paul Andresen is retiring from Kishwaukee Community Hospital, ending a 42-year career leading the Radiology Department in DeKalb’s three hospitals. A retirement reception will be held in his honor Monday, Aug. 17, 2-4 p.m., in the hospital’s Roberts Conference Center on the garden level. The public is invited.
Andresen was only 23 when he began his career as chief technologist at DeKalb Public Hospital in 1967. Back then, Xrays film developed in darkrooms were the standard of care in radiology. He continued as director of diagnostic imaging at the first Kishwaukee Hospital, which opened in 1975.
Over the next 32 years, he made sure the hospital stayed on the leading edge of technology in ultrasound, nuclear medicine, CT, echocardiology and interventional radiology. During the last six years, he brought the Radiology Department into the digital age, eliminating the need for film and darkroom.
"Paul kept abreast with what was going on in the industry. He was the envy of every department manager in the hospital because his budget was always the largest. Our first four-slice CT scanner, for example, cost $1.2 million in 1999, and when we upgraded to a 64-slice in 2006, that was another $1.4 million," said Copple. "But with Paul, we always knew we got the best price possible. He was a masterful negotiator."
When the new hospital opened in October, 2007, Andresen brought online a new generation of imaging technology including digital mammography, positive emission tomography (PET), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
"Even on the eve of his retirement, he continues to look for ways to enhance and promote our radiology services, "Copple said. "Through his efforts, the hospital's Radiology Department will soon become a GE show site, for example.
"Paul has been an innovative and progressive manager, an example for us all to follow, and he consistently built and maintained an impressive and highly functioning imaging department. He has provided strong leadership and excellent mentoring skills for his employees, and it has been a pleasure for me to work with him over my 20 years at KCH. We will miss him and wish him the best in his retirement," Copple said.
Andresen, a lifelong DeKalb resident, has been active in the community over the years, serving on the boards of the DeKalb Rotary Club, Oak Crest Retirement Center and the Family Service Agency. He and his wife Barbara, have three daughters and six grandchildren. Kirsten lives in Pewaukee, WI, with her husband, Mike and two children, Taylor and David; Amy lives in DeKalb with her husband, Jamie, and two sons Brayden and Tanner; and Courtney lives in San Clemente, CA, with her husband, Scott and their two sons, William and Samuel.