Dan Niskanen has worked at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital for so long, he’s practically a part of the institution. His official title is special systems engineer, but within the hospital’s halls, he is simply called “The Legend.”
Believed to be the longest tenured employee ever at Lake Forest Hospital, hospital leaders celebrated his five decades of service, along with many other longtime hospital employees, on May 19, 2016. This summer, Niskanen, 65, will transition to a part-time employee and will fully retire, according to him “one day.” When he does, count on him to return to the hospital as a volunteer.
“This hospital is like my home and the people here are like my family,” said Niskanen, of Gurnee. “To me, this isn’t work. I come to the hospital every day and do what I love and what I’m good at.”