Employee Spotlight: Liz McKinney

We are proud to spotlight Liz McKinney!

What is your job at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock?
“I am the nursing department staffing coordinator and health unit coordinator supervisor. Basically, I do anything to help the department, the nurse managers, and the director of nursing operations. I have the privilege of collaborating with other departments on various tasks as well.”

What events led you to where you are today, working at Trustpoint?
“I was looking for a place where I could grow in my career and gain experience and knowledge in other areas of the healthcare field. I have worked in healthcare since I was 16 years old. Inpatient rehab was something new to me, so I welcomed the opportunity.”

What is one moment that has stood out to you while working at Trustpoint?
“I have had several great moments here. However, the one I remember most vividly when a particular pediatric patient, who had been at our facility for over 4 months, was finally able to go home to his family. I had seen him come in, wheelchair-bound, unable to use his hands and feet, and unable to speak. He walked out of this place (ran, actually) shouting “bye” to everyone. Every patient who leaves has their own story of how they got here, and it is always bittersweet to see them go.”

What do you most love about the work you do?
“I enjoy being able to interact with all the different departments around the facility, having that connection to everyone. I have made many life-long friends over the few years I’ve worked here.”

Can you tell us a little about you and your family?
“I was born in San Antonio, but grew up in Indiana. I moved back to Texas after graduating from Indiana University. I married Stephanie in April 2014 – we just celebrated our 3rd anniversary! I finished a master’s degree in healthcare administration in 2015, and plan to attend medical school in the near future. Stephanie and I have a few cats and dogs, all spoiled rotten. Recently, we also began fostering a toddler, who has stolen our hearts entirely. We are big movie buffs, and we love to travel!”

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
“I would love to learn to fly a plane. As much as I love to travel by plane, learning to fly one would be incredible!”

If you were to tell one person “Thank you for helping me become the person I am today,” who would it be and what did they do?
“I will have to thank two people. My mother – she taught me to try to help people to the best of my ability. As a nurse herself, she sparked my interest in the healthcare field. My father – he taught me to always look for the positive, and has tried to instill patience in me. That part is still a work in progress.” 🙂

What is your favorite thing about Lubbock?
“Stephanie and I particularly love the Alamo Drafthouse. We also love how many great parks this town has – our son loves them as well!”

If you could tell people that Trustpoint does anything, what would it be?
“Trustpoint’s direct patient care staff in nursing, therapy and social services, as well as all those behind the scenes in dietary, facilities, and other administrative services, are fantastic at caring for all types of patients, from pediatric to geriatric, from orthopedic fractures to trauma/burn injuries. We work together for the best of each patient, and strive to treat each patient with the dignity and respect we would reserve for our own loved ones, and I think it shows in our care.”