We greatly appreciate and value all of our SpecialtyCare ATS employees. We’re highlighting clinician Abigail Pamenter, whose work upholds our mission and vision. She discusses what led her to healthcare and what a typical day in her role looks like while sharing valuable advice and memorable moments from her career.
How long have you been involved with ATS and which team are you currently on?
I have been involved with ATS for about a year and a half. Currently, I am an ATS clinician on the Little Rock, Arkansas ATS team.
What led you to become interested in ATS and can you describe the path you took?
After graduating with my Bachelors in Biology, I wanted to do something within the medical field. I ended up being recruited by SpecialtyCare, and I have greatly enjoyed my time here.
What are the benefits of a career in ATS?
The greatest benefit is knowing you’re helping patients who might not have as favorable an outcome without your work.
What is a day in the life like for you at work?
A day starts with getting to the hospital before your case. Then it’s a matter of collecting your equipment and patient information before setting up for the case and checking in with the hospital staff. Collection starts with the surgery, and I start to process once I have enough blood loss. After processing and handing over the blood to the anesthesia, the case wraps up and I go to restock our supplies.
What communication advice would you give when it comes to working successfully in a team dynamic?
Monthly meetings are crucial to team success. They allow the team to check in and make sure everyone is on the same page and getting the information that is needed.
What was a surprise to you about the career when you first started?
I was surprised with the closeness we have to patient care. It is very important to me to make sure the patient is well taken care of.
What has been a memorable moment or story you’d like to share from your career?
Sometimes, a patient doesn’t make it through the surgery. It is a hard thing to work with patient care in this capacity, but with the support of your team and the people around you, it is evident that you are making a difference in patient care.
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