Playing it Safe

Playing it Safe

Early in her career at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Marge Zagorski McFarlane MS ’98 saw a need for hospitals to have on staff a safety person to handle issues beyond medical malpractice, such as accident investigation, ergonomics, emergency management and OSHA law. She brainstormed what qualities that person would need to be successful and then became that person. “Safety is the right thing to do,” explained McFarlane, who is now safety coordinator for the hospital.

McFarlane assesses risk, articulates “what could happen” and compiles data to back up her solutions.
“When people see numbers,” McFarlane said, “making a case gets easier.”
And she passes this knowledge on. Her new-employee orientations at the hospital turn out “little Marges,” raising the awareness of everyone that safety is a daily concern.
“They call me a bulldog,” McFarlane said, “and I think they mean it in the nicest way possible.”

Summer Outlook 2012