Janice Collignon points out several times that Materials Management, her unassumingly named department at Bethesda Hospital, is only one part of a big team that keeps the hospital going. Materials Management buys, stocks and keeps track of every single item used in the hospital, from bandages to surgical instruments. The department also includes a full-service print shop for brochures, business cards and — what hospital would be complete without them? — forms for patients to fill out. The former Kentuckian has spent most of her life in Florida and worked her way up the materials management system at three local hospitals. When hurricanes come, Collignon and her team go into hyperdrive.
Q. How did you find yourself on this career path?
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