Fort Dodge Region Top 10 Under 40

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Sarah Marsh

What sparked your interest in your career path?

I chose a career in healthcare, specifically dietetics. I have always had a passion to educate and help people live a healthy life by being active and eating well. Although my field was somewhat focused, it provided me the opportunity to use data, analytics and process improvement, something I had a natural ability for. After spending eight years as a Registered Dietitian at Trinity Regional Medical Center, I attended a class at Trinity. The class studied improvement methodologies. At that moment I realized there was a bigger mission in healthcare and I knew wanted to help lead this work at UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge. Since that time I have had the opportunity to use data, analytics and process improvement to drive results that create high quality outcomes and a great patient experience, that’s exciting!

What’s the best part of your work?

I get to spend most of my day developing, supporting and hardwiring processes so our patients have the best outcome and a great experience. The work is a collaboration between clinical experts, like physicians or nurses who are closest to our patients, process experts and analysts. Quality data, outcome data and patient experience feedback is used to assure that the changes we make have a positive impact on our customers. At the end of the day, success feels good when a patient describes excellent care or a provider can give ideal care because of deliberate improvements that have been made.

What’s the best advice you ever received?

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give”, said Winston Churchill, so give more value that you receive. While my parents never quoted these words, I watched them give more than they ever received. They gave physically and emotionally to people near and far to them. Their bucket was always full, never wanting of material things but always so keenly aware and responsive to others in need. As parents and role models, we need to remember that our children and others hear what we say, but equally important, they see how we react to every given situation.

What community project that you were involved in are you most proud of and why?

I have had the pleasure of working with the Swing for a Cure Diabetes Golf fundraiser for the last eleven years. I am proud to work beside the dedicated volunteers and generous donors. As a result of this successful event, the Diabetes Center has been able to purchase continuous glucose monitors that can test a patient’s blood sugar 288 times a day (every 5 minutes). Working together with diabetes educators and patients, the information allows us to adjust insulin and lower blood sugars so people feel better and live longer, healthier lives. Any time you can be a part of something that literally changes lives, that is something to be proud of!

What’s the best part of living in the Fort Dodge area?

Fort Dodge is full of opportunities. It has provided my husband and me a place to have successful careers, doing things we may not have been able to do if we lived in a metropolitan area. The same can be said for our children; they can experience all things – academics, arts and athletics, without the competition or pressure to focus on just one extracurricular activity. It is big enough to find an experience but small enough to get across town in 10 minutes, what more can you ask for!

What’s your advice to other young professionals?

When a colleague or leader asks you to help with a project or new assignment, say “yes”! Keep creating yourself. Foster skills and talents you may not recognize. Every day is an interview, be your best!

What’s on your bucket list?

I’ve always been intrigued with photography. There are so many beautiful moments that to be captured.  My bucket list includes the purchase of a fancy camera - something that can zoom all the way to the outfield of a baseball game and capture a cartwheel in midair from the top of the bleachers. Sometimes you cherish the past memories more than the present pace of just getting through the day. I want to make vivid memories! 

What would you like to share about your family and/or hobbies?

My husband, Jerad, and I have three children, Bo (9), Meg (7) and Mac (4). We approach life like it’s an athletic event. Teamwork keeps us together. In our spare time we enjoy all things active, watching or participating, inside or outside, summer or winter. The kitchen is the heart of our busy home. Our love for cooking brings us together to celebrate the simple things in life.

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802 Kenyon Road
Fort Dodge, IA 50501