We’re always fascinated by how some of our people found their current calling in allied healthcare. Join us as we take a look at the early stages of some of SpecialtyCare’s finest.
Andy, Respiratory Therapist to Operational Performance Director
Originally a respiratory therapist, Andy Stasko was working in Pittsburgh. Part of his curriculum there was also to be an instructor to the students who rotated through his hospital. He befriended a student who finished his clinical rotation with Andy and began working with him in the same department. After a few months, his friend informed him that he was leaving to go back to school for another career path. One year later, Andy spotted his friend back in the hospital cafeteria wearing scrubs. He now worked there as a perfusionist. Andy asked him “What’s a perfusionist?” Curious, when Andy finished his night shifts as a respiratory therapist, he would go take a look at the perfusion cases. From then on, he was hooked. One of the surgeons he met invited him to perfusion school that they were just starting in Pittsburgh. The rest is history. He is now Director of Operational Performance for Perfusion with SpecialtyCare. If you’d like to hear more on Andy, you can check out his fascinating journey right here.
Lauren, Doctor Aspirations to Director of Operations (IONM)
Lauren Chronowski had been telling people she was going to be a doctor since she was 6 years old. Her grandmother was a nurse, so she was always drawn to the healthcare field. But in the middle of college, she found herself unready to fully commit to med school. Some friends at a rival school (she was at Michigan State, they were at the University of Michigan) told her about intraoperative neuromonitoring that they had learned about through job fairs. She handed their resume to a friend who got it to an organization she was just starting out with, and Lauren found herself stumbling into a new career. After completing her training in Michigan, she relocated to Nashville and joined the SpecialtyCare team in 2012 as a neurophysiologist. She describes SpecialtyCare as “the perfect fit” for her and is now the IONM Director of Operations for the majority of the state of Tennessee. To hear more, her episode of Scrubbing In is here.
Ellen, Nurse’s Aide to Director of Operations (Sterile Processing)
Ellen James started as a nurse’s aide right out of high school. She then saw a job opening for sterile processing in Alaska. In one of the most drastic climate jumps, she moved from Phoenix to Alaska and got her foot in the door with sterile processing early on in her healthcare career. After going to school in Alaska, she took sterile processing jobs in Chicago and her hometown of Detroit before leaving healthcare to work for a company in fire alarm systems. But she didn’t leave the hospital setting for long, as she soon found herself back in the game as a sterile processing educator, and she went to SpecialtyCare from there. She is now Director of Operations for Sterile Processing. To hear more from Ellen herself, you can find her here.
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