Behind-the-Scenes Difference-Maker: Jennifer’s Supply Chain Story

Are you a hardworking individual with a desire to grow your career in a team-oriented environment? A supply chain career with UPMC could be the best place to start! Throughout the month of March, read the stories of four individuals who found meaningful careers on the supply chain teams of UPMC, and why they’d recommend pursuing a spot with UPMC supply chain. 

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By Jennifer Zeravica, Manager – Materials Management, UPMC Shadyside

By now, you’ve probably read the stories of Evan and Alex, two UPMC employees who also work in supply chain, just like me. While Alex and Evan arrived at UPMC shortly after college, I took a bit of a different route here!

Before coming to UPMC, I was a center manager for a home respiratory company. I loved working with the physician offices, hospitals and patients to ensure their needs were met. But in 2013, after 16 years in home respiratory, I felt it was time for a career change.

As I was exploring my options in the area, I decided to apply to an administrative coordinator position with UPMC Employee Transit that I had heard about from a friend.  Despite being a step back at the time, it challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone of feeling secure in my daily responsibilities into having to learn a new job in a field I knew nothing about.  I then went on to become a field coordinator, which offered new opportunities to work on special projects in different departments and hospitals throughout the system. I’ve been with UPMC for five years now, and I spent the past nine months as a manager in materials management at Shadyside Hospital.

“My career goals are to be the most successful I can be in my current role and to always be learning something new to help me on my journey.”

My day-to-day looks a little bit like this: each morning, I work through a set list of items that need to be completed daily (timecards, addressing changes within our system, answering emails, and greeting and checking on staff as they start their day). There aren’t many dull moments during the day, as I spend time taking phone calls, answering emails, following up on requests for certain equipment and products, walking throughout the hospital to check on our supply rooms, coaching and team development, working alongside various departments, and attending meetings for planning new units that are opening.

Of course, each day brings new challenges, but I’m always learning something.  My career goals are to be the most successful I can be in my current role and to always be learning something new to help me on my journey. At the end of the day, I leave knowing that our work here in supply chain does make a difference to the patients and their families, even though we are behind the scenes.

“This is a place where your career can really take off as long as you are willing to work hard and come to work with curiosity, eager to become the best you can be.”

Health care is fast-paced industry to work in, and it’s always evolving. It’s exciting to be a part of the largest hospital system in Pennsylvania.  There are so many opportunities available here, and not just clinical experiences in a hospital setting. This is a place where your career can really take off as long as you are willing to work hard and come to work with curiosity, eager to become the best you can be.

My schedule can get a little crazy at times as a working mom with three young boys participating in sports practices and games, but I really wouldn’t have it any other way. I took a bit of a different path to UPMC than most of my co-workers, but I’m grateful to be where I am today.

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Become a behind-the-scenes difference maker

A career with UPMC provides opportunities to achieve the goals you have for your career and your personal life. Explore a career path with supply chain and learn more about the opportunities you can pursue to get you to where you want to be.

 

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