Underwood Retires from WMH
Underwood Retires from WMH

Underwood Retires from WMH


Vickie Underwood of rural Carey retired this week as the senior director of human resources at Wyandot Memorial Hospital.

Underwood has worked at the hospital since 1984, when she was hired by then-administrator John Harbaugh as the executive assistant. She continued in that position for subsequent hospital leaders Ruben Jones and Joe D’Ettorre until 1998, when she was promoted to human resources director

During her years at WMH, Underwood also served as the medical staff secretary, risk manager and quality director. Those roles included responsibility for physician credentialing and collaboration with the quality improvement and safety committees.

Underwood started the hospital’s babysitter training course and was active with Explorer Post 885 for youth interested in pursuing healthcare careers. She served as an exploring advisor for the former Harding Area Council BSA, where she was awarded the District Award of Merit and the Bronze Big Horn Award. The local Business and Professional Women’s organization honored her as the Professional of the Year in 1986, and she was named Anchor Swan & TV 54 Volunteer of the Month in October 1990.

The new retiree is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, Society for Human Resource Management and the Ohio State Health Network HR group. She earned an associate degree from Marion Technical College and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Tiffin University.

Underwood and her husband Steve have two daughters and one granddaughter. She looks forward to spending more time with family and friends in retirement, traveling and tackling some projects at home.