Cindy Becker, Highland Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, has announced that she will be retiring from her position in December of this year to spend more time with her family. “After 34 years at Highland Hospital, and 23 years as Chief Operating Officer, I’ve decided that it is time to transition from my role,” said Becker. “I have thought long and hard about this, and while it is still surreal to write, I will retire on December 2 of this year.” Becker has been employed at Highland Hospital since 1988 and Vice President and COO since 1999. During this time, the hospital grew significantly – from an average of 50 to 60 patients in 1999 to nearly 24,000 discharges, 43,000 emergency department visits, and 14,000 operating room cases in 2021. The hospital occupancy now regularly meets or exceeds its licensed 261-bed capacity.