Forsmann is employee of the month
The OR and Central Supply Supervisor at St Mary’s Hospital, Pat Forsmann, was named the July Employee of the Month. She joined the staff in January, 1987 as a nurse’s aide taking care of the Benedictine sisters in the infirmary at St. Gertrude’s Monastery. She served as a volunteer EMT even as her job responsibilities expanded to include working as a surgical technician, learning to be a CS technician and working on the inpatient nursing floor as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
“The medical field has always fascinated me. I love learning about the human body and how it functions,” said Forsmann. “I like direct patient contact and, hopefully, helping them stay healthy or return to good health. I enjoy making a difference for the patient whether it is helping them feel more comfortable in a fearful situation or providing direct patient care.”
Her current responsibilities include supervising the surgery department, central supply and outpatient services. OR responsibilities include scheduling procedures, calling patients and entering charges. CS involves the cleaning, sorting, packaging and distributing sterile instruments and supplies for the OR, hospital and clinic. “I also have some clinical responsibilities including setting up, assisting and cleaning after our surgical procedures,” said Forsmann. “I help, as needed, in the pain clinic, the ER, in labor and delivery and when we do endoscopic procedures. I love the variety of my job. Each day brings new experiences from surgery to trauma to babies being born.”
Forsmann is a graduate of Prairie High School. She received her Basic Emergency Medical Technician Certification from the State of Idaho in 1986 and completed her Advanced EMT certification in 1988. She finished her CNA class through LCSC in 1988. In 1994 she completed her Central Service Technician class by correspondence through Purdue University.
When she is not working or rotating the call schedule for emergency surgeries she enjoys running biking, reading, playing the piano, sewing and helping her husband of 33 years, Jerry, with their farm and ranch work. They have two daughters, two sons and five grandchildren.
St. Mary’s Hospital has given me so much through the years, both educational opportunities and rewarding life work for which I am truly grateful, said Forsmann. I also appreciate the support my parents, husband and children have given me throughout the years so I could be involved in the healthcare field.