Scholarship recipient ‘thrilled’ with job at Aurora BayCare
Wed, May 24, 2017
As a student at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Julie Hennigan had no idea the impact Aurora BayCare Medical Center would have on her career.
For Julie, a former emergency medical services student, the EMS program at NWTC was one of her greatest, yet most fulfilling challenges. She was nearly overwhelmed by the demands of school work and home life, particularly raising two children under the age of 10. Money also was an issue. For a while, it seemed life offered no silver lining.
Then Julie learned of a scholarship opportunity.
“There’s some help,” she thought.
She applied for the Christopher Sorrells and Aurora BayCare Medical Center Emergency Medical Services Scholarship. The scholarships are awarded by Aurora BayCare and the BayCare Clinic Foundation to students in NWTC’s EMS program.
Though not expecting it, Julie was chosen as a scholarship recipient. It was a glint of silver lining.
The scholarship enabled Julie to continue her education, helping to ease the financial burden of tuition. She could more comfortably pursue her career dream – to work in an emergency room.
“Getting the scholarship meant that my hard work was paying off and that was a great feeling,” Julie says.
Little did she know, that silver lining would get brighter.
After completing the EMS program at NWTC, Julie applied for a position in the Aurora BayCare Medical Center emergency department.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw Aurora BayCare had an opening in their ER,” she said. She applied and hoped for the best.
That silver lining? Aurora BayCare offered Julie the position, and she gladly accepted.
“I didn’t think I was anywhere close to being in the running for the position. I was thrilled to get the job,” she said.
As a paramedic with Aurora BayCare, Julie wears many hats, including that of confidant.
“I provide emotional support for people. I give out hugs. I talk to them like I’ve known them forever. I’m there for people in their worst of times. They don’t know what’s going on and they don’t want the ‘medical talk.’ They look to me to help them through this.”
Outside of the ER, Julie also works with a paramedic rescue squad.
Julie says the challenges of chasing her EMS dreams have been worth the effort.
“This job makes me feel very appreciated. You don’t feel like just a number here. I’m constantly getting cards in the mail thanking me or having people come up and thank me. This job and the people mean the world to me.”
About BayCare Clinic
BayCare Clinic, baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With its 100-plus physicians, BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, serving clinical locations in 13 regional communities. Based in Green Bay, Wis., BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
About the BayCare Clinic Foundation
BayCare Clinic Foundation is the philanthropic arm of BayCare Clinic, LLP. Its mission is to promote the health and well-being of northeastern Wisconsin residents. BayCare Clinic is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is comprised of more than 100 specialty physicians with expertise in more than 20 specialties. BayCare Clinic physicians have served patients in Green Bay and the surrounding region for more than 30 years.
About Aurora BayCare
Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint venture of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic. Aurora BayCare is committed to creating a better way to provide high quality tertiary healthcare, the latest in medical technology and superior service.