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Controlled chaos


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By KEVIN SCANNELL
Sun Advocate reporter

At any hospital there is constant movement among the doctors, nurses and surgeons making sure patients are provided with care in their time of need.

But none of that may be possible if it isn't for the work behind the scenes of those who fill out the paper work, find qualified doctors and do everything else imaginable in a days work.

For Kendra Rhodes, 30, and Christine Hammer, 38, Castleview Hospital is a one very interesting place to work.

"This job has a constant chaos that comes with it," said Hammer, executive assistant at Castleview Hospital. "It's a high stress job and sometimes I might have five different projects going on at once, but I'll take it. I enjoy working here a lot."

"Multitasking is a very important part of our jobs," said Rhodes, medical staff coordinator at Castleview Hospital. "We may be answering phone calls, filing reports and have 30 people asking us to do things for them on a regular basis."

While dealing with some of the harder parts of their jobs, such as patient complaints and demanding deadlines, Rhodes looks toward each day as a challenge to be conquered.

"Everyday is a new challenge for us," Rhodes said. "The staff here is very appreciative of the work that we do and that feels really good to know."

Part of her job as a medical staff coordinator requires Rhodes to search for potential doctors who are applying for a position at Castleview. Two keys that doctors need to have when applying are to be easy going and be content with the small town atmosphere that Price and Carbon County provide, Rhodes said.

When she has days with a lot of stress, Hammer only needs to sit back in her chair, take a deep breath and look at her computer monitor. Taped to bottom of her monitor is a piece of paper with the words 'I love my job' written on it.

Hammer is known around the office as the linking pin, someone who is connected to everything happening and everyone working at the hospital.

"I take pride in my job and I try to say to myself everyday that I'm good at my job," Hammer said. "I know what's going on around here."

When they are away from the hospital, Hammer, a Price resident, spends much of her free time outdoors going boating, fishing, camping, hiking and taking care of her two children and three stepchildren along with her husband.

Rhodes, a Wellington resident, spends her free time with her husband and their three children on their 50 acre farm. She keeps busy with her children playing baseball in the spring and summer and spends time participating in breakaway roping with her five horses.

As for the future, both Hammer and Rhodes see themselves continuing to work with Castleview Hospital. But that won't prevent them from pursing other interests.

"I might look into getting my MBA maybe," Hammer said.

"I'll be here until I retire, unless I somehow win the lottery," Rhodes laughed. "But I think the odds are against me winning it."

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