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Q & A with Purchasing/Inventory Support

July 15, 2019

Tammy's role in the Materials Management Department is responsible for purchasing and inventory support. She has worked at HPHA since 2013.

Favourite Colour: Orange Favourite Food: Lasagna Favourite Vacation Spot: Any where by the water

What made you enter your field of work? I entered the health care field because I wanted to be able to make a small difference in this world. It brings me great joy to be able to help others whether it be a co-worker, my boss, staff members at any of the four sites, patients and their families. I try to bring a positive attitude to work each day.

Tell us about your first day of work at HPHA? I can honestly say it was a whirlwind of a day. I started in the Environmental Services department. There was so much information to take in and I did not want to forget a thing. My leaders were very patient and understanding as I had no previous hospital experience. I do remember getting lost at the end of the day not knowing where the locker room was as there was so many doors in the basement. I had to ask a co-worker to help me find it. How embarrassing!

What does a typical day in the department look like? As soon as I turn my computer on and login, I am off and running. Between answering emails and telephone calls from staff and the long-term care homes wanting their supplies or sourcing out products, processing requisitions (purchase orders), returns and repairs. I really enjoy the daily visits of staff and sales reps that come through our office, if they can leave smiling from our office, I have done my job. A good day for me is at the end of the day I was able to provide the supplies for the front-line staff to ensure that the patient's have a positive experience.

What do you love most about your job? I can make someone's day great! If I can provide the information or supplies to help a staff member enhance their job performance and make the patient's experience at the HPHA positive, I am happy. I love to make people smile. I believe everyone should smile at least once a day.

What would people be surprised to learn about you? I am a miracle child! I was born and raised in Stratford, with one older brother. After my brother was born, my mom was told she could not have anymore children but much to my parent's surprise 13 years later I made my arrival, and I have been surprising people ever since. You might be surprised to know that I am the second youngest of 60 first cousins on my mom's side of the family. She came from a family of 17 children (only 1 set of twins). Family reunions are a hoot, we have them every year. I live on a 100-acre farm north of Stratford with my husband and 3 boys. We are the fourth generation Cook's to farm the land. We currently milk 500 goats and have a total of 800.

What are your favourite ways to spend your free time?

  • Cheering and supporting my three boys in the extra curricular activities they do.
  • Going for walks with my dog.
  • Cheering on my favourite hockey, baseball and just recently basketball teams.
  • Sitting on my front porch reading and bird watching
  • Helping in our barn when I am needed.