IMH Superstar: Julie Puetz – Case Management

Iroquois Memorial Hospital would not be successful without the support of our incredible staff. Some members stand out as Superstars!

Each week, we will be featuring a new Superstar staff member to highlight their outstanding commitment and dedication to IMH and the patients we serve.

This week’s featured employee is Julie Puetz (pronounced “Pits”). Julie has been a member of the IMH family for 32 years. Growing up in Watseka, she graduated from Watseka Community High School. After high school, she dreamed of being able to make a difference in people’s lives and felt that social work was the best way to achieve that dream. Julie attended Illinois State University to the completion of her Bachelor’s degree in Science Sociology Psychology.  However, case management is a little different than typical social work. At IMH, when a patient is admitted to the hospital they will typically receive a visit from Julie or her co-worker, Gina. Case management works with patients to arrange treatment plans during their stay. Upon discharge, Julie will meet with the patient to make sure they are prepared with everything they need to continue the path to wellness at home. If Home Health or Nursing Home care is needed, Julie works with patient and family to ensure those needs are met.

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Julie and Gina wearing red to support women’s heart health

When Julie is not serving patients, she enjoys spending time at home. She and her husband, Kevin, live in Fowler, Indiana with their three dogs – Chase, Jax, and Harley. They have two sons, Alex and Kaleb. Julie enjoys a reading a variety of books including mystery and romance novels, but her true passion is taking care of animals. In addition to her three German short-haired pointers, she also has a multitude of outdoor cats that she cares for. Last year, as it turned cold, she began to worry about how three kittens she had rescued would survive the winter. She was unable to bring them in her home, because of the dogs. Kevin surprised her one day with a refurnished, insulated chicken coup that she could use to shelter her kittens! Over time, the shelter has attracted more than 10 neighborhood cats for her to care for. She wouldn’t have it any other way. She has said that if she ever won the lottery she would use the money to build her own animal shelter!

When we asked Julie how she felt about working at IMH, she said “I love being able to assist our patients, as well as their families. I have met so many wonderful people through my years at IMH. My co-workers are the best! Everyone works as a team for the good of our patients.”

From all of us at IMH, thank you Julie for your outstanding service. You are a true Superstar in Healthcare!

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