Hospital will induct five into 2016 Hall of Fame

San Juan Regional Medical Center will induct the new Hall of Fame members during a ceremony on Thursday at San Juan College

Leigh Black Irvin
Thelma Armstrong

FARMINGTON — San Juan Regional Medical Center will induct five community members into its Hall of Fame during a ceremony Thursday at the San Juan College Little Theatre.

The hospital's Hall of Fame committee chose the honorees for their contributions to the hospital, as well as their involvement in promoting the health of Four Corners residents, according to a press release from the hospital.

This year’s inductees are Thelma Armstrong, Dick Gerding, Dr. John Romine, Dr. Michael Henderson and Jim Rogers.

The hospital began annual Hall of Fame inductions in 2004 and switched in 2010 to inductions every other year, said hospital spokeswoman Laura Werbner.

Dick Gerding

Four of this year's recipients will be present at the ceremony, which is free and open to the public. Armstrong will receive a posthumous induction and family members will accept the honor of her behalf.

"It’s really nice to be able to honor most of these individuals while they’re still alive and we can celebrate them,” Werbner said, adding that during the ceremony there will be a video highlighting the honorees’ contributions.

Armstrong was a volunteer for more than 30 years with the hospital’s auxiliary program, according to a press release from the hospital. She received state recognition for serving more than 19,000 hours and has been honored as a lifetime member of the auxiliary.

John Romine

Gerding worked as the hospital's attorney for nearly 40 years. He also helped coordinate several large construction projects at the hospital and worked on federal statutory compliance issues, the release states.

For more than 30 years, Romine was an active member of the hospital’s medical staff. He served as chairman of the Department of Surgery in 1989 and chairman of the Administrative Affairs Committee in 1990 and 1991, according to the hospital's press release. The orthopedic surgeon was also a founding member of Orthopedics Associates.

Henderson, a member of the diagnostic radiology department, also served as the hospital's chief of staff in 1984 and 1995. He was involved in the development of the Cancer Center and the growth of the X-ray department.

Michael Henderson

As pharmacist and owner of Mesa Drug, Rogers embraced new medical technology and increased services to his customers. He brought that mindset to the hospital's board of directors, where he served for 10 years. As chairman, he increased hospital services and facilitated new construction projects.

Werbner said this is her first time coordinating the Hall of Fame inductions for the hospital.

"For me, it’s been a great journey learning about these people and collecting old photos and newspaper clippings," she said. "It’s motivated me to do the same with my grandmother, which has been a really neat experience."

Leigh Black Irvin is the business editor for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4621. 

Jim Rogers

If you go

What: San Juan Regional Medical Center's 2016 Hall of Fame ceremony

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Little Theatre at San Juan College, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington