May 24, 2017
Megan Stasa’s introduction to Memorial Healthcare was at an early age as a Brownie. She was six years old and visited the hospital with her Brownie troop. She recalls touring the emergency room and pharmacy while curiosity hooked her.
“I just had a feeling I would grow up and work at Memorial,” she says.
She knew she’d wind up here but couldn’t predict what exactly she’d be doing. She was under the impression that something in healthcare wouldn’t even interest her. Maybe she’d be a housekeeper, or do something in human resources or work behind the scenes. She had her sights on the destination, but did not know what the path to arrive would be like.
Born and raised in Owosso, part of the draw to Memorial for Megan was her deep-rooted care for her community. She recognized Memorial as the place she and her family would go for care, and she wanted to be part of it.
“I’ve had multiple loved ones who had to stay here for long periods of time following surgery or illness and every time they’ve been here there’s been good care, good follow-up, and everybody was attended to,” she says.
Lo and behold, years later Megan began her career at Memorial working in inpatient rehab. She worked with medically stable patients who were working towards going back home. A year and a half into her career at Memorial, she was ready for the next step.
“I wanted to become a nurse because I wanted to take care of people the way I wanted to be taken care of,” she says. “If something needed to be done, I wanted to be the frontline.”
Now as a nurse, Megan works in the emergency room. There, she also finds the great teamwork she admired while working in inpatient rehab.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen at any moment,” she says. “Something can drop just like that and we work together. And we can do it without even talking to each other. It just happens.”
Being part of a great team was further evident when her ailing grandmother was admitted to Memorial. With supportive coworkers she kept on working. She says taking care of other people was a good distractor and she put her all into it. She would speak with her grandma and receive constant updates. When the condition changed, Megan’s coworkers spoke with her.
“My coworkers basically said to me ‘stop, you need to be there with her,’” she says. “It’s wonderful they recognized the need to be at her side and care for my family.”
She remembers how considerate the hospital staff was to her grandma. She says her grandma was cognitively involved with the decisions being made. The treatment affirmed what she believed Memorial to be – compassionate.
“She got respect from everybody,” she says. “She was always able to receive the info of what was happening with her care. All the way to the last day she was able to make her own decision.”
Through her 20 years at Memorial, Megan’s worked in numerous areas of the hospital, but the compassion is consistent and the teamwork is evident. Not only that, but the Memorial hallways always remain friendly. She says she often notices a smiling domino effect when giving a passerby a smile walking through the halls.
“I can’t think of a day I walked through the doors and within minutes I didn’t have a big smile on my face,” she says. “I’m at a place where I feel good about what I do and I have a smile on my face during it. I enjoy being here.”