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  •  James Marquette takes over as director of Plant Operations at Rome Memorial Hospital

    James Marquette has been named director of Plant Operations at Rome Memorial Hospital, announced David Lundquist, president/chief executive officer. Marquette, formerly the assistant director of the department, takes over as director of Plant Operations following the retirement of Director Edward Koziarz.

    James Marquette 
    James Marquette

    “The care and maintenance of the hospital building and various off-site facilities has been placed in good hands with Jim Marquette taking on the responsibilities of Plant Operations director,” Lundquist said. “Having worked in many positions within the department since joining the hospital in 1980, Jim has first-hand understanding of the inner workings of the buildings and a wealth of knowledge and experience which he readily shares with the members of his team.”

    The Plant Operations department is responsible for maintenance of the hospital building and 13 off-site facilities. The 16 member staff takes care of all plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling issues, maintains the hospital’s energy center, does remodeling and renovations, maintains and repairs lighting and mechanical appliances, does overall painting and maintenance of the building’s surfaces and fixtures and handles snow removal and landscaping care. Marquette also oversees the Biomedical Department, which ensures that medical equipment is well-maintained, properly configured, and safely functional. 

    “Although I have been part of the Plant Operations team for more than 30 years and have a lot of experience, I realize that there are new challenges we will be facing as the hospital adjusts to changes in healthcare,” Marquette said. “There are new standards to abide by now and, with an older building, some areas will need some updating.”

    Marquette said that facing new challenges is one aspect of his job that he is excited about. “We will have to think creatively,” he laughed, adding, “Every day is a new adventure, you are never doing the same thing day in and day out.”

    The team aspect of working in the Plant Operations department has always been what Marquette liked best about his job. He has worked hard to achieve the leadership role he now has, but he is also just one of the team.

    “I work with a great bunch of people,” Marquette said. “We treat this hospital like our second home and take care of it as if it were our home. We want it to be as nice as it possibly can be for our patients and visitors. In that sense, it feels really good to be able to serve our community by taking care of their hospital.”