Clinical Coordinator Jessica Paisker, of Brookfield, is Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital’s 2011 employee of the year. She is pictured with Chief Operating Officer Ed Gervain.
La Grange - In just four short years, Jessica Paisker went from catheterization laboratory staff nurse at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital to clinical coordinator who helped design the hospital’s new $4.1 million cardiac cath lab.
Today she handles staffing, budget, equipment needs, patient flow, patient care and participates in various committees to maintain quality care. She is also the clinical coordinator over the nurses in the interventional radiology department and is certified in both basic life support and advanced cardiac life support.
Despite her enormous responsibilities, Paisker, of Brookfield, loves her roles, for they offer the double benefit of working at a faith-based organization and being part of a team that provides excellent care to patients with many types of cardiac issues.
“Actively assisting in taking care of patients who may be having a heart attack and being part of the process of saving their lives is very satisfying,” Paisker said.
For her commitment to and passion for her work, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital recently named Paisker its 2011 Employee of the Year.
“Like any leader, I’m sure Jessica has bad days,” said Ed Gervain, chief operating officer at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. “The difference with Jessica is that you never know when her bad days happen. She is never without a smile and she has brought the highest possible level of nursing care to our cath lab.”
After Paisker graduated from Concordia/West Suburban College of Nursing in Chicago, she spent five years working in the coronary care unit a suburban hospital. There, Paisker was cross-trained to work in other intensive care units. She was also an infection control facilitator and helped develop the patient care tech role.
Following the birth of her third child, Paisker began working weekend nights in the critical care unit and the open heart unit at another local hospital. When she began working weekend days, it was in the intermediate care unit at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. She had worked in the cath lab just a few months when Paisker became its clinical coordinator.
“I was blessed with great physician encouragement and support in my new role,” Paisker said.
Each February, Paisker participates in hospital events for women’s heart month. Last fall, she represented the cath lab at the hospital’s Backyardology health event in Western Springs. She is married to Scott and has four children: Zachary, 15; Lauren, 13; Hailey, 11; and Max, 9.
What is her key to having built a great team? Her calm demeanor, flexibility and respect for every individual. Still, Paisker is not resting on her success. “My goal is making sure we continue to give quality care and that we have all the necessary tools and resources,” she said.
Paisker was recognized at Adventist Midwest Health’s annual Employee of the Year celebration, held in February. She received a plaque and a $1,000 check.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Media contact: Sheila Galloro, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Sheila.Galloro@ahss.org; 630-856-2359.