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John Glaser to be Recognized for 50 Years of Service at Creighton

John Glaser to be Recognized for 50 Years of Service at Creighton

When John Glaser graduated from Creighton University in 1959, he didn’t think twice about what he would do with his bachelor’s degree in medical technology. He joined Creighton University as a medical technologist in cardiology and never looked back.

Glaser, now part-time manager of outreach for Creighton University’s Cardiac Center, will be recognized for 50 years of service during Creighton’s annual Staff Service Award Luncheon on Jan.6, 2010, at the Kiewit Fitness Center on campus. He is only the fourth University staff member to reach that milestone.

Glaser helped lead Creighton’s cardiology program from its humble beginnings (three rooms at the old St. Joseph Hospital) to become the region’s first cardiovascular care center. Today, the 60,000-square-foot Creighton Cardiac Center is the only free-standing facility of its kind dedicated to cardiovascular teaching, research, and patient care.

Early in Glaser’s career, cardiologists were few and far between. Glaser estimates he logged more than 2,000 hours flying as he traveled to medical clinics in 10 states – from New Mexico to Indiana – to set up data phone systems so clinicians could electronically transmit patient electrocardiograms for interpretation by Creighton cardiologists. Today, the Creighton Cardiac Center serves outreach clinics, primarily in rural Nebraska and Iowa, as well as its Omaha metro clinics.

“When I first joined the Department of Medicine, John invited me to take a couple of road trips with him to visit our rural hospital partners. I was amazed at his level of understanding of rural health care needs as well as the large number of people that he knew personally. … He has been a wonderful ambassador for Creighton University,” said Dale Davenport, associate dean of administration for the Creighton University School of Medicine.

During his Creighton career, Glaser and his wife, the late Virginia Glaser, raised three boys and four girls – six of whom graduated from the University. Two, Aleta (Mark) Stevens and Lisa (Mike) Danze, reside in Omaha. The others live in Washington, D.C.; Kansas City; Wisconsin; and Colorado. Six of them plan to attend Wednesday’s luncheon.

Glaser is one of many Creighton staff members who will be honored at the luncheon. Other honorees include the Rev. James Heidrick, S.J., for 45 years of service. To see a list of honorees, visit online: http://www.creighton.edu/hr/index.php.