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From custodian to plant ops manager, hospital employee climbs the ladder

Hinsdale – For Kurt Martz, there truly is no place like home, when that home is Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.


When the Darien resident was hired to work as a hospital custodian in high school, Martz never dreamed it would be the foundation for a satisfying career. Now the plant operations manager with a team of 19 employees, Martz has earned a reputation for providing professional, timely support to his employees, colleagues and the entire organization.


“Kurt has a true servant’s heart and positive attitude,” said Alan Schneider, chief patient services officer at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “He responds to countless mini-emergencies in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Through it all, Kurt is always upbeat and committed to the hospital’s mission.”


For his commitment to Adventist Midwest Health’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ, Martz was one of five Adventist Midwest Health leaders to receive the organization’s pillar award at the quarterly leadership development institute in October.

Martz came to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in 1989, following in the footsteps of his father. Larry Martz, a carpenter by trade, worked on the hospital’s construction team from 1983 until his retirement in 2005. Although father and son never worked side by side, Kurt said his father’s actions influenced him in his own career.


“In my father, I was able to witness a man with a great work ethic and a person who was very dedicated to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital,” Kurt Martz said.


In 1992, Kurt Martz transferred from the environmental services department to patient registration, where he could more easily schedule his hours around the time he’d be in class.


He left to pursue his education full-time at College of DuPage and Coyne Technical Institute. In 1996, after receiving his tech school diploma, Martz applied to the hospital’s maintenance department and was hired a journeyman specializing in heating and cooling. Within eight years, Martz was a supervisor.


In 2009, Martz became a certified healthcare facilities manager and completed the ECRI Healthcare Environmental Manager Certification. Today he oversees all of the maintenance and stationary engineering of the buildings on Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s campus. He has taken on additional responsibilities integral to the hospital’s $70 million construction project – the most ambitious undertaking in the hospital’s 106-year history. The hospital is building a new patient pavilion with private patient suites, modern workstations and separate corridors for patients and visitors.


Martz’s days are long, but thoroughly satisfying. His group starts their work day at 7 a.m., so Martz begins 45 minutes earlier to prepare. Once everyone is busy, Martz makes hospital rounds, talking to managers and co-workers, making plans and overseeing jobs.


“On a day to day basis, our team is taking care of punch list items throughout the hospital, everything from corrective maintenance to regulatory projects that have to be completed in a timely manner,” he said.


Toward the end of the day, Martz catches up on e-mail. Often he does that at home, after his children, age 4 and 8, have gone to bed. The hours fly past, but Martz insists they are fun.


Working at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital has not only molded his work experience, but also positively shaped his roles at home and in his faith community, Hinsdale Fil-Am Seventh-day Adventist Church.


“Every day, I’m reminded that there is someone much greater then all of us directing our outcomes and our paths,” he said. “I recently come across Proverbs 4: 11-12 and it’s stuck out in my mind over the past few weeks:  ‘I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths when you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.’”  


Pillar award nominations are solicited from Adventist Midwest Health’s senior leadership team. To be eligible, nominees must demonstrate commitment to the organization’s “S.H.A.R.E” standards of behavior: Sense, Help, Acknowledge, Respect and Explain. They must also demonstrate measurable results on the quarterly goals set for their departments. These goals are organized under the seven categories, or pillars, of spiritual life, people, clinical, service, community, growth and stewardship



Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit


Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-312-7508