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Monday was Butch Hulse's birthday. He would have been 66 years old.
Appropriately, Hulse's wife, Paula, and about 50 of his friends and colleagues gathered at the Bingham Memorial Medical Plaza as the plaza's deli was renamed to "Butch's Plaza Deli" in honor of the late Hulse who worked at the hospital as a 'patient guide' and also served as a Blackfoot City councilman along with his numerous other roles in the community.
"This is a very special event," said Paul Kotter, Bingham Memorial Hospital public relations manager. "When we opened the medical office building, we hired Butch [Hulse] to guide patients to their appointments. He would wheel them from floor to floor, he would visit with them and he had genuine concern for each person. He took pride in everything to do with his job."
Kotter said that when Butch [Hulse] passed away, that there was an outpouring of love and support from hospital staff and patients and requests that something be done to honor him.
Kotter said that they [BMH hospital officials] decided to name the deli after Hulse because he used to pass his business cards to patients and others around the hospital and there was always an offer for a 'free muffin or cookie' from the deli on the back of his card.
"He always made sure that everyone got a treat," Kotter noted. "This is a way to remember the kindness and goodness that he so freely gave to others."
Hulse's friend, Dr. Gail Fields, a surgeon at BMH, also unveiled a large portrait of Hulse that will be hung in the building.
"Butch was a public servant, a giving and generous soul," Dr. Fields said. "We miss his face and now we won't forget it."
Hulse, who battled a lung disease, died in Salt Lake City last October while awaiting a lung transplant.