National Hospital Week is May 6-12. With nearly 1,200 employees, Lake Regional Health System is commemorating the week with activities for staff and physicians. Throughout the week, we’ll profile exceptional staff representing the variety of rewarding health care careers available at the hospital.
Name: Kim Thompson
Hobbies: Loves to travel and see new places. Enjoys the ocean, waterskiing, solving a good mystery and visiting Mayan archeological sites in Mexico.
Lake Regional employee since: 1998
Career: Respiratory Therapy
Duties: Kim is the Respiratory Therapy Education Coordinator. Five years ago, she also began working as a Computer Support Specialist, helping physicians and ancillary departments use electronic medical records.
Shift: Mainly day shift, but her schedule varies based on RT staffing needs or computer support.
Q&A with Kim Thompson, RRT
1. Tell us about your educational background. I am a registered respiratory therapist with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences. I worked for 18 years at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, where I started as a staff therapist and was an administrative director before I moved with my family to the lake. I started as a staff therapist at Lake Regional so I could have more time with my children. In 2004, I became the RT Education Coordinator. Then five years ago, I was asked to help with the computer system.
2. What do you like most about your job? I like working with people and hopefully making a difference. I have always liked respiratory therapy because I am able to work with all patient types, from premature newborns to geriatrics. The work is different every day because of the various diseases and associated challenges.
3. Why did you choose to work in health care? When I was 9 years old, I was hospitalized in an intensive care unit with a critical airway problem. I had a great team of people that worked together to take care of me. Since that experience, I knew I wanted to work in health care.
4. What should others to know about you? The greatest loves and joys of my life are my husband of 30 years, Mark, and my three sons, Austin, Spencer and Max. I believe the privilege of being a parent comes with setting a good example for your children and helping them see all the possibilities and opportunities that are out there in the world. As long as you are willing to be responsible to put forth the effort, take chances and embrace change, anything is possible!
5. What do you want others to know about Lake Regional? It is an excellent facility and a great place to work. Everyone works together as a team, and it is a friendly atmosphere. I believe every person that works here has an important role in the success of the hospital.
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