Feature Friday: Rachel Blalock, CT Technologist

It’s Staff Feature Friday, and today we’re getting to know a little bit more about Rachel at Parkwest!

How long have you worked at Parkwest?  About seven years, but there was a two year gap where I worked at UT before returning.  

Why do you love working at Parkwest? I work with amazing people both in Imaging and in the ER!  (I primarily work in the ER CT department.)

Where are you from?  Knoxville, TN

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? I can’t choose just one, so I’m going to have to cheat and say England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.  🙂  They’re all part of the British Empire, that counts as one, right?! I love the history of this part of Europe, the legends are amazing, and the architecture!  I’m not a castle person, but those old buildings in places like London that have been there for 200+ years, just so cool, lol!  I live in an 80 year old Sears Catalogue farmhouse, so I’m a confirmed old house lover.    

What do you feel most proud of?  Work-wise, definitely “Cake Monday.” Cake Monday started off as a joke because I was SO late making a coworker a cake for his birthday, so I decided I was going to bring him in a cake every Monday for like a month.  Well, it was such a success, that nearly two years later, I STILL make three cakes every Monday.  I’ve got people from transport, registration, nurses, MD’s, statcare, I’ve met so many people through cake!  It has totally changed how we work in the ER between CT and the ER staff, we all know each other and there is so much more camaraderie and cooperation.  We have some amazing ER nurses that I’m proud to call friends, all because of something so simple as a cake!  

What is your best childhood memory?  It’s so, so simple. My Grandparents were only in their 50’s when my brother and I were born, and they lived locally to my parents, so we spent at least afternoon a week at their house, often more.  My grandmother had these huge geraniums on the deck, and I can remember being very young and sitting outside in the summers on that deck; watching my younger brother and Grandfather play checkers while I’d color or draw.  It’s that instant memory recall of cicadas and the warm, slight doggy scent of their English sheepdog mutt sleeping on the floor.  The heady smell of geraniums and cut grass, and the rumbling sounds of neighbors somewhere far away mowing yards and working in flower beds.  To this day, I still plant two big red geraniums in my front porch planters.  It’s a talisman to a memory of safe simplicity and a seemingly endless stretch of days to follow.   

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?  I’d pay off my house and my car, but after that, I’d HIRE someone to mow my yard and do all my yard work, lol!  I love to play in the flowerbeds and plant stuff, but I do NOT enjoy weed eating or mowing. 

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