Maddison Kusey is a Clinic Manager for Aligned Modern Health. She is new to Chicago, moving into the city from Grand Rapids, MI. She grew up showing horses in northeastern Michigan, before attending Central Michigan University; which is where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration with minors in Public Health and Human Resources Management. As an active Spartan Race athlete, you can find Maddison at the gym or out running, training for her next race. She is always on the move; hiking, traveling, attending concerts, or finding her next favorite place for brunch. If you can catch her between work and her workouts, she’s always looking for recommendations for new activities or podcasts.
Q&A WITH MADDISON
What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?
I am incredibly passionate both personally and professionally about being a positive light for people – whatever I can do to make their day brighter.
What three traits define you?
Compassionate, persevering, and ambitious.
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
Assist people in their health related needs.
What are you surprisingly good at?
Weightlifting – my newest hobby.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
The ability to be active outside.
What’s the biggest proof that you’re good at what you do?
Patient’s reaction and appreciation for my work.
What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Ran my very first Spartan Race in Sept. 2017, had goal to podium the next year, so at the same race in Sept 2018, I placed 1st in my competitive age group.
How does your education connect to your professional career? What about personal experiences?
My degree is in Health Administration – during my undergrad career, I interned with 2 hospital systems, Covenant HealthCare and Spectrum Health. As a college grad, I have worked in home healthcare as a manager in both skilled and hospice home care sectors for Interim HealthCare of West Michigan. I have a passion for healthcare – the advances it can make for patients and benefit it can provide to the community. Having a background in patient relations, being able to make connections with people and assist them in their needs has really impacted my life and left me driven to learn and do more for my future patients.
What problems do you consistently solve for your clients?
In my previous home healthcare role, I solved a lot of scheduling conflicts, whether that be adjusting scheduled times, getting a clinician out to patient that needed assistance, or other various needs.
What are you complimented on most in your work?
My positivity and commitment to solving patients/coworkers needs.
In your work or creative process, what concepts are sacred? Which rules have you made, which ones do you follow?
When at work/trying to solve a problem, I always put the patient first – what would help them the most, what are the resources I have available, what would make them smile? I try to keep those questions at the forefront of my mind and complete my tasks based on them. Happy people make me happy.
What is your grand, audacious goal? What do you wish people would know, believe, do?
My goal is to impact people’s lives in a positive way – whether that be in regards to their person or professional life, related or not the healthcare, just, in the end, making a difference in my community. Health is more than just working out and physical health; it involves mental health and all encompassing health and wellness. I hope to assist people in the overall health and wellness, and ensure their happiness.
Do you have any other passions of personal goals that you would like to share?
I believe in continuous education, so I would love to pursue a MBA or other higher education. I currently read and listen to informative podcasts, but would like to formally continue my education.
What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
I love being active – filling my time with Spartan Race competitions, working out, running, traveling, and just living a healthy lifestyle. I also enjoy playing beach volleyball, reading, and exploring new places.
Share something unique that most people don’t know about you.
For about 14 years, I competitively showed horses all across Michigan and out of state, achieving peak performance at the collegiate level where I was CMU’s Equestrian Team President and Stock Team Captain.