What is your role at UPHS – Marquette? I am an Operating Room Instrument Technician at UP Health System – Marquette.
What was your inspiration for getting into healthcare? I have always just liked to help people! Joining the healthcare setting only confirmed this for me.
What’s a typical day like for you? What is it like working in this field? Typically I arrive early to check the equipment that may need to be utilized throughout the day and start finalizing all cases outside each operating room. Once a case cart goes into each room, I call for the next and continue to keep the rooms running smoothly. I also assist as needed when items are requested during a case to help provide an efficient response to the rooms request. The utilization of supplies and trays keeps me moving as the replenishing and restocking is always needing to be adjusted.
How long have you been employed here? Have you always been in the same position?
I have worked here at UP Health System for a total of 30 years. I started out in the food and nutrition area and worked there for 8 years. I then transferred to FBC/NICU and worked there for 14 years. I found I enjoyed more of the hands-on approach to patient care so when the opportunity presented itself, I applied for the Operating Room Instrument Technician and have been in this position for the last 8 years. I love the fast pace and the interaction during my day.
What are some of the big changes you have experienced in this position?
The move to the new facility was a big change! When I am responsible for all the trays stored in the operating room the move was one of the biggest and most exciting things I was a part of. Other than that, the OR staff along with myself continue to strive to make our patients’ personal experiences here at UP Health Marquette the best it can be for them.
What are some of your interests outside of work? What is your favorite local gem? I love to craft! This includes scrapbooking, cardmaking and epoxy travel cups! I also love to travel with my family across the country and also go to scrapbook retreats with my friends. I’m a huge Packers Fan so I love road trips to Green Bay as well! My gem is easy! Gianna, my new granddaughter is my gem! I am a first-time “Mimi”, so it is very exciting.
What do you enjoy most about working at UPHS – Marquette? The people! I have formed so many awesome relationships with so many people. They make every day here special in some way.