Mayo Clinic Health System employee gets special surprise before retiring

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – After 40 years in the workforce, Art Peek decided it’s time for retirement.

Peek has been an employee at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse for 28 of those 40 years and Tuesday was his last day.

But his fellow coworkers didn’t let him leave quietly.

When someone said they were having a car issue he stepped up to help out.

But as he walked out to the parking lot, he was realized he was in for a surprise.

“They asked me to come out and help with it because I know a few things about automobiles. That’s sort of when I suspected, as I approached the corner here, I started seeing people. That’s when I knew I was in trouble,” Peek said.

His coworkers lined up along the sidewalk right outside of Mayo Clinic with signs, congratulating him on his retirement.

Peek is one of the people that helped create the ‘Advance Directives’ program, which helps patients make a legal plan for medical care if they are unable to make decisions for themselves.

This is just one of many programs he pioneered since starting at Mayo in 1992.

Before retiring he was the Advance Care Coordinator for Mayo.

Peek said he’s usually not one for fanfare, but this was truly a special moment for him and he’s very grateful for all the people he has worked with.