Suzanne Snodgrass has always been a bit of a jack of all trades, but she found her niche when she faced her fear of having her blood drawn and became an IMH Phlebotomist…
Suzanne grew up in Sheldon and still resides there to this day. When she graduated high school she wasn’t sure where she wanted to go for the future and decided that she would try many things until she found one that stuck. She took classes at Kankakee Community College and dabbled in many different areas. She has taken courses in law enforcement, child care, EMS, respiratory therapy, nursing, and more – she has taken so many classes that she accidentally acquired an associates degree in Liberal Arts. While she enjoys being an EMT, it wasn’t until she decided to take a phlebotomy course that she found something for which she truly had a passion. Ironically, Suzanne will tell you she hates having her blood drawn and is one of the hardest people to stick. However, she felt that if she was able to get proficient at being a phlebotomist, perhaps she could help someone who shared her same fear overcome it. Once she acquired her phlebotomy license, Suzanne joined the staff at IMH. She has been a member of the IMH family for nearly 12 years and has worked in almost every position in the lab. When she first started she was a floater – she would travel to IMH clinics, the jail, nursing homes, and more. She would work in any area that she was needed. Over time she developed a love for the pathology side of lab work and when the timing was right she stepped into the role. Now, while she still helps the team when blood draws are needed around the area, her main role is to help collect and prepare specimens that are to be sent to the pathologist, many times directly from surgery. The work that she does is vital to helping the physicians diagnose patients and give them answers post operation.
When she is not drawing blood, prepping slides, and doing paperwork, you can usually find Suzanne with her family. She is married to Jeremy Snodgrass, an IMH Paramedic, and they have a 10 year old daughter, Hannah. They are active in 4H, therefore in addition to their four dogs and koi fish pond, they also have Hannah’s 4H rabbits as pets. She and her husband are both volunteer firemen for Sheldon Fire Department and Suzanne is the secretary treasurer. When Hannah was born, she wasn’t able to respond to as many emergencies as she would have liked but she still attends regular meetings and makes every call she can. Hannah is almost a staple at the firehouse now, often attending meetings with her parents. Suzanne and her family love to go camping, watch sports, and she is quite the book and movie buff. She nerds out to Harry Potter, Outlander, Game of Thrones, and more. She is an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and whatever team Hannah is on at the time – Hannah is involved in softball, basketball, and cheerleading. If you were to ask Suzanne, basically her whole social life revolves around Hannah.
Suzanne was nominated as IMH Superstar for her dedication to IMH and the way she always supports, not only the hospital, but also the staff around her. She was referred to as “the glue that holds the lab family together” and “the mom of the lab”. When we asked Suzanne what she enjoyed about working at IMH she said, “I feel like people here actually care, not only for the patients but one another. Whenever something has happened in my life – good or bad – my work family was always there for me. And I love what I do, its interesting and I learn something new all the time. It’s great to be able to go to work and enjoy what you do!”
From all of us at IMH, Thank you Suzanne for everything that you do! You are a true Superstar in Healthcare!