Where we’re on the move 24/7
As one of three couriers on our staff, my job keeps me moving, and I like that.
I start at five in the morning picking up laundry at our Pleasant Prairie facility and taking it to our downtown Kenosha location to be cleaned. I also do fast turnaround lab runs, picking up blood or other samples to be tested. I do runs to the bank and post office, as well as transferring food, materials, and supplies from one campus to the other.
Picking up and delivering medications for patients is a big part of what I do. I might need to pick up some medications in Zion, Illinois for patients in our Cancer Center, or drive to Froedtert or Children’s hospitals in Milwaukee for a patient’s medication.
If you look at my log sheet, my routine is pretty similar day to day, which I like. The secret is to keep moving, which is okay because I like getting around and interacting with people. Everywhere I go, everyone seems to know me. I like them and, hopefully, they like me!
We stay busy. I drive an average of about 70 to 80 miles a day in Kenosha County alone, and I walk an average of five miles a day.
I’m often carrying a little red and white cooler. I wish I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me, “What do you have for lunch?” or, “Is that a heart or a kidney?” Actually, it’s usually blood samples or other specimens for analysis in our lab – not my lunch with a big biohazard warning sticker on it.
People often see me coming and going, but may not be aware of how I’m contributing. When someone needs something picked up or delivered somewhere, we're the first ones they call. We play an important role in patients’ day to day care. That’s why I love my job.