Friday, January 8, 2016

Longtime EIRMC executive Lou Fatkin retiring

Lou Fatkin
After 36 years of service, Lou Fatkin, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center’s executive director of risk management, is retiring.

During his career, which dates back to the days of Idaho Falls Consolidated Hospitals, Fatkin has held positions in Medical Staff Relations and served as the hospital’s ethics and compliance officer.

In November 1979, Idaho Falls had two hospitals, Parkview and Riverview. Fatkin had offices and worked in both facilities. In all, he has been associated with five hospital management companies, including Intermountain Healthcare, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), HealthTrust, Columbia, and again HCA.

“Lou is one of the most passionate and dedicated people I've ever worked with,” said Brenda Baumgartner Stanley, a former EIRMC colleague. “He truly loved his job and the people he worked with. I also don't ever remember him not being happy. He just always seemed to have this upbeat and positive attitude. I am sure he will be missed.”

Cindy Smith-Putnam, another former EIRMC colleague, said Catkin’s office was called “The Confessional.”

“Doctors, employees, patients, families ... everyone trusted Lou as a guy you can really talk to,” she said. “And he loved the hospital. The throb of the days, no two ever alike. Several times, we laughed so hard we cried. There will be a gaping hole at EIRMC when he cycles, skis or runs off into his retirement.”

Fatkin said he feels grateful for his career. “Over the years, I have been fortunate to have worked with a number of hospital administrations,” he said. “In all, I will miss the whole EIRMC staff, who I consider my family.”