Truog Honored in Statewide Health Care Employee Recognition Program
“I am a medical transcriptionist at Ministry Health Care and have been here for just over 2 years. I love my job--every day I learn new things about medical physiology and appreciate the challenges of a perfectly transcribed and accurate document, the challenges of new voices and accents of practitioners, and the glimpses I get into peoples' lives,” shares Pamela Truog, medical transcriptionist at Ministry in Rhinelander. “I have worked in medical transcription for approximately 25 years and this is what I do, what I am good at and what I love. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2008, shortly thereafter I saw a help wanted ad for a transcriptionist at Ministry. I applied even knowing I had breast cancer and had huge changes coming to my life. I was offered the job the day after my birthday in January 2009.”
Truog continues “I have said it before, and I never hesitate to tell anyone I come in contact with--I love my job and I am now a cancer survivor 2-1/2 years later and I still love my job at Ministry, can still focus on it in times of depression and worry, I am still learning something new every day and I am so very grateful.”
The program, sponsored by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), is designed to celebrate the health care workforce and recognize the outstanding contributions they make to the health of their communities, according to WHA President Steve Brenton.
“The individuals staffing our hospitals are among Wisconsin’s most dedicated and valuable employees. It takes special people to care for others and our communities are richer, safer and healthier places to live because of these professionals,” Brenton said. “Whether they are on the front lines, or supporting those who deliver patient care, every health care employee helps improve the health status in the community where they live and work.”
Employees were asked to describe what led them to choose an occupation in health care. Hundreds of health care employees submitted essays.