Alice Belmont is leaving WVU Medicine after more than 47 years,Alice Belmont but please don’t call her departure a “retirement.”

Instead, Belmont, a special projects coordinator at the WVU Spine Center, likes to refer to her life’s next phase as a “graduation.”

In her new role, Belmont will be a stay-at-home grandmother, a first for a woman who did not have the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mother.

She began her career in 1969 in radiology at the old Medical Center – now known as the Health Sciences Center – and was with the WVU Department of Radiology for 41 years. As a radiology technologist, Belmont served in a variety of roles and touched the lives of thousands of WVU Medicine patients and students. She was a radiology instructor, and used her clinical skills while working in the areas of pediatrics and quality assurance and at the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center. She also worked in the WVU Medicine Department of Safety and Employee Health.

At Employee Health, she was responsible for administering the FIT test, outfitting thousands of employees with respirator masks. Belmont was among the first contacts for many new employees within the organization.

According to a colleague, she is most proud of her role with the development of the Breast Care Center, which opened in 1996, and the services offered to the women of West Virginia.

“It’s easy to measure Alice Belmont’s years of employment but to try to express her impact on our organization, the patients she has served and the number of lives she touched is incalculable,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., West Virginia University Health System President and CEO, said. “I salute Alice, not simply for her longevity, but for being a first-class representative and ambassador for WVU Medicine. I’m sure many within the organization would wholeheartedly agree.”

Belmont’s last day is Friday, Feb. 17. Colleagues and friends are encouraged to extend congratulations and well wishes to her at belmonta@wvumedicine.org.