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Keeping It in the Family in the MedQ

The MedQuarter | November 4th, 2019

Lisa YoungLisa Young, an operating room supervisor, didn’t decide she wanted to be a nurse until after high school.

Her mom, Jean Hachey, an anesthesia nurse for the OR team at St. Luke’s Hospital, encouraged Lisa to pursue a career in the medical field.

Her mother, a nurse for 35 years, has been a positive influence on Lisa’s career, she said.

Jean always said the MedQuarter Regional Medical District was a comfortable place to work in, where the staff were treated well and supportive of one another. Remembering Jean’s many stories, Lisa’s decision to work in the MedQ too was an easy one.

Lisa started at St. Luke’s in 2004 as a patient care tech in the post-anesthesia care unit. She went on to become a certified surgical technologist, knowing she would return to school to become a registered nurse.

She attended nursing school at Kirkwood Community College and then the RN-to-BSN program at Mount Mercy University. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in May 2018.

A Mother-Daughter Duo

Lisa and Jean now work in the same department and are often seen as a duo. Lisa enjoys working with her mother, she said, adding that Jean is a great role model. When Lisa has questions, Jean knows the answers.

“I still call her ‘Mom,’ which she tries to correct me sometimes and lets people know we are co-workers. She keeps me in check when I need it,” Lisa said. “She is a great resource in the department because she has had over 35 years of experience as a nurse.”

A Family-Like Atmosphere

Lisa is proud to provide world-class care right here in the MedQuarter.

“The patient care is organized, and there are many options available. I really believe the care we provide is the best around. The two hospitals share resources, knowledge and technology, which is nice to have that opportunity,” Lisa said. “If one of us doesn’t know the answers, we can reach out to the other facility to get advice.”

As Lisa celebrates her 15th work anniversary in the MedQ, she appreciates not only her workplace but the culture, amenities and other aspects of the entire district — like the coffee shops, cafes, book fairs and gym.

“The MedQ has a very friendly and positive atmosphere,” Lisa said.