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Thomas LeBlanc

Thomas LeBlancSupervisor, Surgical Supply, Perioperative Inventory and Logistics

What is your fondest memory from your 25 years working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock?

One of my fondest memories was when we moved from the facility in Hanover, NH to the new facility in Lebanon, NH. It was an exciting time for everybody as we were getting ready to open the doors to a new era. At the old facility, our store room housed the medical supplies on Levels 1 and 2. Our receiving was done outside depending on the space, and then brought in to be put away. This could become difficult in bad weather. So when we moved over to the new site it was like being in heaven. Out with the old, in with the new as Inventory and Logistics, formally known as Stores, was there to lead the way. Stores were sent over to get medical supplies set up in all areas of the hospital to support the arrival of their patients. With purchasing, stores and linen all collaborating as a team made the event memorable.

What about your job/work inspires you?

There are a number of things that inspire me. First, the patients and how they are here to get better with an overnight stay or a procedure with a longer stay. Sometimes it’s not easy for them but they try to stay positive. Second, the people from all different levels who come in contact with patients who are compassionate about the work they do to make things more comfortable for our patients. I see this every day especially with the people I work with who show so many times the positive impact they have on patient care. This inspires me a great deal to try hard to become a better person, colleague and supervisor for the people I work with.

What do you like best about working in your department?

I like the fact that I’m part of a bigger picture and that my job plays a big role in patient care. I like that I have the opportunities to gain more knowledge when I want to. I like working alongside my team improving processes. I know that I have learned as much from them as they have from me.