Melanie Duran has volunteered at Livingston HealthCare since January 2016.
“Giving is a part of who I am, so this felt like a nice fit,”
she said. “I really like it here. People go out of their way to
be kind. A patient came in here and told me the other day, ‘This
is a really smiley place.’”
Melanie and her husband, Augie, have lived in the area for 45 years, moving
to the area after he was hired on at the railroad as a machinist.
Four generations of Durans have been spotted under the Livingston HealthCare
roof at one time. Melanie’s son, Jody serves as the Information
Systems Manager, while Jody’s daughter Alyson, works in Human Resources.
As of March, 2018 Jody is now a proud grandfather and Melanie a proud
great-grandmother to Alyson’s daughter, Halle, the newest addition
to the Duran family.
Thirty years ago, Melanie worked for Livingston HealthCare’s precursor
medical facility, Livingston Memorial Hospital, on the night shift in
Melanie also worked as a secretary for multiple schools in the Livingston
School District before returning to school herself to earn her Master’s
degree in counseling.
She had a private practice in town for 15 years before retiring. In her
time at Livingston HealthCare, she initiated the Employee Assistance Program,
which provides LHC employees with up to ten free professional counseling