by Vickie Jenkins, Staff Writer
Oklahoma Heart Hospital, providing Cardiovascular Care is the first of its kind. Physician owned and designed by cardiologists, Oklahoma Heart Hospital has two locations, a network of more than 70 cardiovascular specialists at more than 60 clinics and hospitals across the state and a Research Foundation that’s breaking ground in heart and lung care.
The foundation supports cardiovascular research and continuing medical education to reduce the impact and severity of heart disease. In addition, the foundation helps provide access to specialized treatments, clinical research and trial studies for heart patients at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital that has locations in north and south Oklahoma City.
This is where you will find Stacie Hanes, RN, BSN, Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, and Valve Clinic Manager. Stacie graduated with her Associates degree in ’95, got her Bachelor’s in ’02 and is currently in her Master’s program for her CNS at OU.
“I worked at Mercy in ICU in the past and I have been at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in the Research Foundation since 2001,” Stacie said. Asking her which job she preferred, she replied, “I have always been happy with any job that I have but I definitely love my job now. The Research Foundation is molded into the valve clinic arena. There is always something new to discover; the job is never boring at all. I have been there 18 years now and I still love going to work every day.”
Stacie grew up in Tucson, Arizona and went to high school in Toro, California, moving here in the 90’s. Asking what she wanted to be when she was little, she replied, “I wanted to be a Zoologist, and then I thought about being a Physician but decided that I wanted a home life so I became a nurse. I have never regretted that decision,” she said with a smile.
Stacie’s favorite part of her job is interacting with the patients. “When the patients come in and they are really sick, I talk to them, explaining what we are going to do, discussing how we can improve the quality of their life. When they leave, they feel better about the whole situation. Now, they are not feeling as much fear. My focus is helping them as much as I can,” she answered. “The average age of our patients is the mid ‘80s,” she added.
“My biggest challenge working in the Research Foundation is the volume of work. I stay busy organizing, managing and coordinating the trials and surgeries. I work with the physicians and coordinate all the testing and procedures. Yes, it keeps me busy but I really don’t mind,” she commented.
What advice would you give to someone if they wanted to work in the Research Foundation? “It would have to be someone that is really self-motivated, very detailed oriented and willing to learn. This is a job that is very unique; there are so many new and noble trials that happen. Plus, teaching the patients and their families how to handle their situations and what they need to do to help things along,” Stacie replied.
One very special and important mentor in Stacie’s life was and is Donna Grossman, RN. “Working with Donna is such a blessing to me. I am thankful for her being in my life,” she said.
Describing herself, Stacie said, “I am very self-motivated, I like to learn and I am fairly organized, at work, that is,” she laughed. “I like my job and the Oklahoma Heart Hospital is a great place to work. I have a great job.”
“My biggest asset at work is the fact that I have been working in the valve clinic for quite a while and have a lot of knowledge to offer. I have a good relationship with my co-workers, the physicians, patients and families. I have enough confidence knowing that I can go to anyone with issues,” Stacie commented. My motivation to come to work is the fact that I enjoy working with patients and seeing the positive outcome. It makes it all worth it,” Stacie said.
Stacie enjoys spending time with her husband Robert (nurse), daughter Tresa (nurse), son Robert Jr. (nursing student in Houston, TX) and daughters Kelsey and Emily. “I enjoy watching the Thunder games. I am a HUGE sports fan. I like OU Football and the NFL Steelers and Browns.”
Stacie’s words of wisdom at work? “This too shall pass. Everything will work out in the end.” Stacie summed up her life up in one word? “Busy!”
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