Congratulations to SMS Standout Chuck McGrew. Chuck is our materials tracking coordinator and is very organized and detailed oriented. He does a fantastic job at making sure our remote paramedics stay well equipped. Chuck has many other functions and processes he monitors to efficiently get equipment positioned for patient care while supporting our other divisions as well. All of our clinical colleagues can always count on Chuck for assistance, guidance, and a friendly voice at the other end of the line when he is helping. Thank you for being a team player, Chuck!
We were able to get a glimpse into what a day at work looks like for Chuck and learn some fun facts about him.
A.A. Describe a typical day at work.
C.M. First, I oversee controlled substance inventory, record issuance of narcotics, and am responsible for all tracking of controlled substance inventory. Second, I oversee equipment and maintain records on all maintenance and repairs, coordinate spare/loaner equipment inventory, oversee annual preventative maintenance scheduling, establish a rapport with the equipment manufacturers and technicians, and create quarterly reports that monitor repair costs. Third, I maintain an accurate inventory of narcotics and equipment and assist with bi-annual central supply physical inventory and annual field inventory. Fourth, I act as the materials management liaison with operations to resolve narcotic and field equipment issues, plus, all other duties and special projects assigned by supervision.
A.A. What was the best vacation you have ever taken?
C.M. For my birthday last year, my fiancée gave me an extreme experience where I got to drive a Mustang Shelby GT500 on a race track. It was an amazing experience.
A.A. Describe yourself in one sentence.
C.M. I am very laid back and easy to get along with.
A.A. What is your favorite thing about your job?
C.M. I enjoy knowing what is expected each day and at the same time; you never know what issues will arise throughout the day.
A.A. What food could you live on for a month?
A.A. Do you have a side hustle, hobby, or volunteer group that you’re involved in outside of work? What else do you spend your time doing?
C.M. I enjoy spending time with my family.
A.A. How do you stay motivated at work?
C.M. I am always looking for ways to further my knowledge by learning new things.
A.A. What has been the most fulfilling moment in your career so far?
C.M. In 2009, I received Acadian’s Employee of the Year.
A.A. Who would play you in a movie?
C.M. The late Paul Walker
A.A. Tell us about a moment that changed your life.
C.M. When I found out that I was adopted as a baby.
A.A. What would be your advice for future [safety professionals]?
C.M. Take pride in what you do and set high goals.
A.A. What is your favorite activity outside of work?
C.M. Watching high school and college football.
A.A. Name one book that inspired you professionally.
C.M. The Bible
A.A. Which talent or superpower would you most like to have and why?
C.M. I would love to be able to communicate with animals, so I could know what they are thinking.
A.A. What was the best advice you were ever given?
C.M. When I start something, I stick with it no matter what.
A.A. Do you have a bucket list? What are the top 3 things on it?
C.M. Visit Las Vegas, attend a UFC event and visit Montana.
A.A. Do you have any pets? What are their names?
C.M. Two dogs named Zoie and Chloe, one mule named Jimmy, and one goat named Little Bit.
A.A. A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
C.M. It sure is warm here amigo because of the humidity in South Louisiana.
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