UPHS — Marquette Heroes | Kalie Lavery

Kalie Lavery is a Patient Transporter at UP Health System – Marquette.

What is your role at UPHS – Marquette?
I am a Patient Transporter at UP Health System – Marquette.

What was your inspiration for getting into healthcare?
I love to help people and be part of a team, which to me, are essential to working in a healthcare setting. Currently, I am a nursing student at Northern Michigan University. Working at UPHS – Marquette has given me so many wonderful opportunities for my future nursing career.

What’s a typical day like for you? What is it like working in this field?
I start and end the day by bringing patients to and from their procedures, test, and scans. Sometimes our days can be very busy, but the positive interactions and relationships I have made make everything worth it. Being a transporter means we get to see patients from the day they are admitted to the hospital to the day they are discharged home, and all the pit stops in-between. It’s a rewarding experience.

How long have you been employed here? Have you always been in the same position?
I have been with patient transport for almost two years now. Before becoming an employee, I volunteered at the old hospital Operating Room desk.

What are some of the big changes you have experienced in this position?
The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely brought a list of changes, not only to the Logistics Department but the entire hospital. Within the last year, so many policies have been set in place to help us safely transport patients throughout this pandemic.

What are some of your interests outside of work? What is your favorite local gem?
I love hanging out with my friends and sharing my home away from home with my family. I enjoy baking, being creative, and exploring the UP and everything it has to offer. My favorite local gem is definitely Iron Bay Restaurant — I have so many fun memories there. 

What do you enjoy most about working at UPHS – Marquette?
I think what makes my job so wonderful are my teammates and other employees across the hospital. While transporting patients, we are always greeted with smiles and welcoming words from staff.

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