Medical/Surgical Unit

Kendra Baum is a Registered Nurse in the Medical/Surgical unit and has been with PHS for 1 year. When asked what she likes best about PHS, Kendra stated, “The thing I like most about being a nurse at Pershing is my coworkers. To do this job, you must have teamwork, and my coworkers are always willing to lend a helping hand. I have known most of these people my whole life because my mom has been working at this facility since before I was born. Therefore, my coworkers have become more like family to me, and I could not do this job without them.”

Other questions we asked:

Describe one of your heroes?
One of my heroes would have to be my Grandma Nadine. She is someone that I have always looked up to and strived to be like. She always has a positive attitude and is the most kind, caring, and thoughtful person I know. She has always supported me and encouraged me to reach my goals and has helped me not only become the nurse that I am, but the person I am today.

What is something that you would like to learn how to do?
Something I would like to learn how to do is gardening. I love plants and I have a whole sunroom full of house plants at my new house, but I have never had space for a garden until now, so next summer I would like to try to plant a garden.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
Something that most people do not know about me is that my husband, Abram and I are high school sweethearts. We have been together for 8 years and married for 4. We started dating in 2015, the summer before my junior and his senior year and have been together ever since. He has been incredibly supportive during my nursing journey, and I would not be where I am today without him.

3 words that people would use to describe you:
Honest, dependable, helpful

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I like to spend time with my husband and our cats and dog. We recently bought a house here in town and have remodeled it, so we like to spend our free time relaxing in our new home.

What do you want people to know about PHS?
I want people to know that Pershing is a wonderful place to work and to receive care. I have worked at other health care facilities, but nothing compares to Pershing. I love the staff and how friendly everyone is and when it comes to receiving care here, we have some amazing health care providers who are knowledgeable and compassionate about the health of their patients.