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Heather Mosley | SBJ

2023 40 Under 40: Sarah Hanak

Citizens Memorial Hospital

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Sarah Hanak says she uses her career to help inspire those around her.

In her role as chief nursing officer at Citizens Memorial Hospital, Hanak, 38, says she saw a need to create opportunities that help nurses expand their education and skills needed for the job. She says her focus is developing specific roles that allow people not only to focus on their job, but also to pursue personal growth. Working with the hospital’s CEO, Hanak created dual roles for other employees to focus more on gaining experience and helping advance their careers.

She prioritizes developing close relationships with those she works with by trying to lead by example. Hanak says she uses communication to motivate staff while holding them accountable and using the three principles of being “transparent, transformational and transactional.”

“When I see talent and potential in individuals, I want nothing more than to help them see and reach their potential,” she says. “If I can play a small part in helping them get there, well, there is nothing that fills my cup more.”

What about your job would shock people? I still wipe people’s butts.

Best productivity hack? Email organization: Do it, drop it, delete it. I never leave with a full inbox and don’t check email at home.

What did you learn the hard way? You are rarely able to teach good work ethic.

Favorite food item to order in the Springfield area? Blackberry sundae at Andy’s!


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