In Memoriam

Contributed by: Health Information Management (HIM) Department

With extreme sadness we make known the recent passing of our friend and colleague Karen Pellegrino.

Karen’s employment began at Aria Health in the Health Information Management (HIM) Department 18 years ago. Her date of hire should be noted in the Aria Health archives as the day a superstar arrived. Aria Health and the HIM Department are a better place because of her presence.

Karen greeted everyone with a smile. Her laughter was infectious when she shared a story of her everyday life or a joke topped with a nudge on your arm. Karen’s listening skill was just one of her many attributes. Karen was everyone’s confidant, confessor, problem solver and the glue that held us together. She knew everyone’s interests, hopes, dreams and passions. Karen was able to be all of this to us because she was confident in who she was. When we hear stories from others of how Karen helped them it causes us to pause and wonder how she found the time to help so many. It meant so much to us that many of you called or stopped in to give condolences to our department, reminding us that anyone who knew her loved and admired her.

Karen had a tradition of keeping a candy dish filled with treats on her desk. We are continuing to do the same and invite you to stop by for a piece of candy and share a Karen anecdote. We do this not just to memorialize but to honor and celebrate the life of our colleague, our friend, our Karen.