Sometimes laughter really is the best medicine. In his 30 years at PSMH, OR Tech, Charlie Brown is never short on jokes or sarcasm, keeping his co-workers and physicians on their toes and his patients laughing and at ease.
Originally born in Mississippi, Charlie and his family moved to the Kankakee area when he was 4 years old. He started at PSMH at 26 in the dietary department. “This was just a stepping stone for me. I wasn’t going to stay here forever, but this ended up being a great place to learn and grow. Who would have thought someone who started in dietary would end up here? This place just has my heart.”
As a surgical tech, Charlie cleans the rooms for operations, sets up the instruments and assists the surgeons during the operation. “It’s amazing what the human body can do and I’m so thankful for the doctors and my co-workers who have been such great teachers during my time here.”
The positive relationships that Charlie has built with the physicians and co-workers were extremely apparent during his interview as everyone from fellow techs to surgeons walked through the lounge and stopped to give him a hard time – and he’d give it right back.
While he loves to laugh, Charlie definitely knows when it’s time to get down to business. Being here for many years, he has seen his fair share of disasters, from the blizzard in the 90s to the Amtrak accident, he was never afraid to step in and help whenever he was needed.
Giving compassionate care is his specialty, but two years ago, Charlie found himself on the receiving end. “My father was ill and ended up passing away here. I cannot say enough about the Palliative Care Department and Dr. McDonald. They were amazing with me and my whole family…I can never thank them enough.”
(We like to photograph our featured associate in their natural environment. We asked Charlie’s coworkers to please give us their best interpretation of how they interact with him on a daily basis. That was their natural representation - We did not use actors )
This is Charlie. Charlie is PSMH. #IAmPSMH