“Rose is going to be sorely missed at PCC, but we know the community will continue to benefit from the passion and energy she devotes to helping others,” said PCC President and CEO Leslie Graham. “She has been an outstanding employee and recipient of our Mary C. Jackson Award twice. We wish her all the best in her retirement.”
Botchway’s arrival at PCC in mid-2001 was serendipitous. She had been working with MedStar Health Visiting Nurse Association for ten years. After commuting to DC and White Marsh for years, she was seeking a more flexible work-life balance, allowing better access to her children’s school and her Montgomery County home.
“To facilitate my job search, I sought the services of an employment agency. I went in for my first interview and met a counselor who carefully walked through my resume and experiences and truly listened to my needs from the family perspective,” said Botchway. “About a week later, she called and said she thought she found a perfect opportunity for me, and the rest is history.”
On the day of her interview at PCC, Rose Botchway entered the room and was met by PCC’s Senior Team, which included the CEO, Controller, Program Director, and Deputy Director Mary C. Jackson, after whom an award was named following her death in 2002. Botchway had just been asked a question when a PCC team member knocked on the door and requested assistance with a patient-related issue. Botchway asked if she could help. When she returned to finish the interview, the room was empty, and the lights were off.
“As I was the one who had stopped the interview, I wasn’t sure what the conversation had been once I left the room,” said Botchway. “I went to the Director of Programs and asked about reconvening the interview, and she said, you got the job.”
According to Rose Botchway, the most rewarding part of her career at PCC has been “working with deeply committed individuals within the organization and across the network of providers and community-based organizations who truly enhance and make a difference in the quality of people’s lives.”
She sees a bright future for the Primary Care Coalition. “In this year of my retirement, PCC is in a yearlong 30th-anniversary celebration. The future of any organization is dependent upon the quality of the people it can recruit and retain. PCC has a phenomenal group of employees who are passionate about their work and driven toward creative ways to problem solve and improve on the totality of the network, addressing the needs of those it serves. That level of commitment will carry PCC into the next 30 years of being integral in the continued solidification of the County’s safety net and organizational expansion for an increased role in the development of integrated systems that can be modeled more broadly.”
What does she want her legacy to be? Botchway said she hopes her contributions to the health and well-being of the community reflect the Maya Angelou quote, “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”
After June 30, Rose Botchway’s plans include taking a long-planned vacation that was diverted from 2019, pursuing her interests in photography, becoming more active in her current volunteer roles of sewing for Days for Girls International and Dress a Girl Around the World, and being a reading mentor for Kids Achieve Club. And, most importantly, spending more time with her grandsons and family and traveling.