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How will mentorship change you?

IMG_2560_adjusted.jpgJosh Hopkins was the type of guy that liked to do his job well and go home—no staff to manage, no big projects that demand long hours. We all can relate. Then, he thought, “Why did I go to college if that’s all I wanted to do?” Josh’s then manager in the Preregistration Department of Eastern Maine Medical Center saw in him an up-and-coming leader. She gave him the gentle push he needed to take on new challenges at work, which led to a pretty big year for Josh.  

Josh enrolled in the 12-month EMHS Mentor Program about this time last year. The idea was to challenge himself to get outside of his comfort area and learn more about EMHS and leadership. “You learn a lot about what’s happening at a system level. No matter what type of work you’re doing or where you are in the system, we all face similar issues. It reminds me we’re all on the same team.”

“He’s very motivated. He reminded me of myself when I first began in healthcare,” said Terri Mathew, RN with Mercy Hospital Gastroenterology at Casco Bay. She was paired with Josh as his mentor and thought the mentor program leaders matched them well considering their professional and geographic distance.

Terri-M-2.JPGTerri was there to talk through with Josh his decision to apply for an open supervisory position in his department. “He really began to step up and was just blossoming in his field. I encouraged him to apply and take that leap.”

For Terri, mentorship has always been an important part of her own career. “It really started with a mentor I had when I was a new nurse; she was much more than just my trainer. To this day, we still talk.” Terri encourages anyone thinking of being a mentor to give it a try. “This program is great if you can work with people, take the time to give feedback, and see the mentees grow.” She added that mentors do not need to be experts in their field or be several decades into their careers to provide quality mentorship. “Go by what your gifts are. You might not always know everything—it’s about putting yourself out there to guide the growth of another person.”

The Mentor Program is available to all employees in our system. Program leaders pair applicants based on an initial assessment of skills and areas mentees hope to improve upon. The program is designed to increase job knowledge, create strong relationships, expand professional networks, and more.

“EMHS is dedicated to investing in its people. One way we’ve done this is by creating a successful mentoring program. Studies show mentoring increases employee retention, promotion rates, and job satisfaction,” said Danielle Abbott, program coordinator and specialist, with EMHS’ Talent and Diversity department.

MMH-Handing-out-certificates.JPGRecently, the mentor/mentee class of 2018 held its graduation ceremony at EMHS’ Home Office in Brewer. Mentors and their mentees spent the day celebrating accomplishments, reflecting on lessons learned, and engaging with a dynamic panel discussion from a few system leaders. They also found time for some lighthearted games and a few laughs.

EMHS president and CEO, Michelle Hood, was also in attendance to congratulate the graduates and share her story of influential mentors in her life. “Mentorship is important—it’s made a big impression on my life, and I encourage all of you to continue on this path. If you were a mentee, now is your chance to mentor.”

Over the course of a year, Josh is now engaged to be married and has purchased his first home. And, that supervisor job he applied for? He got it! It’s been a big year for Josh, and now he can add EMHS Mentor Program graduate to that list of accomplishments.

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