Meet Kristen Hogan.
How did you enter the industry?
Life has a funny way of taking you places you never imagined. I went to school for advertising and have found myself on a very different path! I never dreamt of working in Healthcare (or project management for that matter), but I landed in a project coordinator position for an outpatient imaging company. I continued to grow my role, learning new things and eventually, deciding to earn a PMP in order to bring more value to my role. This role really propelled me into an industry I never would have thought about, but one that I have come to love.
How/when you started at Mazzetti+GBA?
I started with Mazzetti+GBA in August of 2016 (right at the time of our merger*). The company I had been with previously started outsourcing the majority of its project management to M+GBA in 2015; however, they kept me onboard as the only Project Manager and as a liaison between both companies. With that change, I had the chance to work closely with the team at M+GBA. Over the course of the next year or so, I developed great relationships with the team, and they respectfully approached my company about transitioning me to M+GBA. And, even better, I still have the pleasure to work alongside some of my former colleagues, helping with various projects. Simultaneously, I get to expand my expertise and experience. It’s the best of both worlds!
My progression and life at M+GBA so far…
When I started with M+GBA, I had minimal knowledge of the wide array of medical equipment and the respective applications. All of my experience had been strictly imaging focused–pretty intimidating entering this “bigger” world. There is so much to know and learn, and I remember thinking–how can anyone comprehend all of this? However, over the course of the past year, I have come a long way. I can honestly say that this is the first job where I learn something new every day. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by such knowledgeable people, and I really try to glean all I can from them.
What keeps you coming back for more ?
New challenges, new learning opportunities, and new opportunities to help our clients. Every day, project, and client need is different. We have to be able to adjust our thinking, problem solving skills, and communication to best suit those needs. Listening to client needs and finding appropriate solutions yields me a deep desire and drive to learn more and be better than I was the day before.
Most challenging project (with lessons learned): My most challenging project, thus far, was for an outpatient imaging center in Washington, DC. This particular project had us installing a CT on the facility’s 8th floor, as well as an MRI below ground level in the heart of downtown. These installations required street, sidewalk, and garage closures for the rigging. In addition, part of the parking garage had to be removed in order to lower the MRI to the lower level. Getting the right rigger, permitting, and all the correct parties coordinated was key to the project success (but definitely proved challenging to do in a bustling city).
Favorite project: My favorite project has been a small lab in San Francisco. The equipment planned for this project is so different than anything I have ever done, and it provided such a great learning opportunity for me. Anytime I get the chance to stretch my mind and enhance my skills and abilities, I count it as a ‘win’!
Thinking about the future…
I really don’t have concerns about the future. I try to stay positive and not let my mind worry about the unknown. I am always excited for what the future holds. There are so many advances in technology, which makes Healthcare an ever-changing field. It’s exciting to get to grow with the industry and continuously learn how these advances can help our clients.
Advice for the younger generation?
Stop comparing yourselves to others! When we compare ourselves, we are comparing our biggest weakness to another’s greatest strength.
Life outside of Mazzetti+GBA…
My husband and I have been married for almost 16 years. We have a teenage son, so most of my time outside of work is spent with my family. Our son plays several instruments and is in his high school marching band, concert band, as well as an indie rock band; so, we spend a lot of time at competitions or concerts supporting him. We always seem to be on the go; however, when I take time out for myself, I really enjoy my creative outlets! I do photography, hand scripting, and anything hands-on as I’m a “DIY junky”! I love home projects and have done everything from putting up shiplap to making furniture.