2012-07-12 / Lifestyles

Former resident retires after 20 years as VA clinic nurse


Courtesy photo Andrea Collins, right, acting medical center director, presents Anne Clish, center, with her retirement certificate after 20 years of federal service at the VA. Also present is Tanya Edwards, left, nurse manager for the Community Living Center. Courtesy photo Andrea Collins, right, acting medical center director, presents Anne Clish, center, with her retirement certificate after 20 years of federal service at the VA. Also present is Tanya Edwards, left, nurse manager for the Community Living Center. IRON MOUNTAIN – After 20 years of federal service, Anne Clish of Iron Mountain, retired from the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain on June 30.

Clish was born and raised in Manistique, and is the daughter of Fran and Marie Clish. She graduated from Bay de Noc Community College in 1969 with a diploma in practical nursing.

Clish started her VA career on Feb. 23, 1992 at the Iron Mountain VA Medical Center. She worked in various areas during her tenure at VAMC Iron Mountain, the last 17 years working with veterans in the Community Living Center. One of Clish’s notable accomplishments during her tenure was starting the Bereavement Program at the medical Center in 2001.

Clish’s retirement plans include immersing herself in the various crafts she enjoys. She also plans to volunteer for programs in cancer, especially in breast cancer counseling.

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