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April 7, 2014

PPGH’s Bragg would do it all again

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After a period of time, the Bragg's decided to open their own Goodyear shops, of which they now own two, one in Springtown – where they currently reside – and one in Weatherford.

During the first nine months in Texas, Bragg worked at Campbell Memorial Hospital, now Weatherford Regional, until she got an urge for something bigger.

“Then I thought, 'I've got to try these big hospitals,'” Bragg said. “I landed in one in Fort Worth.”

She served in Fort Worth for a number of years, where she scaled the ranks, landing multiple manger and director positions. Once she had had enough of the “corporate” hospital life, which was nearly a year and a half ago, she finally decided to head back to a more rural environment. Enter PPGH.

“It wasn't that I really disliked what I was doing there, I just thought a smaller facility would be nice again,” Bragg said. “So, instead of driving [Highway] 199 with people honking and making hand gestures, now I can drive 'cross-country' and watch deer and turkey. It's just nice [and] peaceful.”

Although Bragg enjoys the hometown feel, she maintains a high pace, setting an example for all of her employees. On a daily basis, she is responsible for managing the medical and surgical floor, which involves personnel management, budgetary responsibilities, staffing, staff education and being a physician liaison. She is also responsible for assuring that quality care is performed in compliance with all hospital policies and procedures, standards and regulatory agencies, while constantly utilizing quality improvement activities and core measures. If being a manager wasn't enough, Bragg likes lending a helping hand, giving freely of her nursing abilities when she is needed.

“It's not beneath me to go out and help the floor,” Bragg said. “In fact, if they're short staffed, I have left at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. in the morning, and come back and worked the night shift from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. … I think some people go into management, and they are never at the bedside again. They don't have a clue what is going on. They don't keep up with the new [medications] and what not. But I still like that part. I still like that patient contact.”

As a nurse, you have to wear multiple hats, Bragg said, and she absolutely loves it.

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