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Coastal Hospital Employee Takes Advantage of Local Recreation

Kelsey Wand is a Lincoln City, Oregon, native -- and proud of it. After moving away to Portland for school and then to Chicago to complete her education as a radiological technician, she was more than ready to return to her hometown and the lifestyle she loves.

"I really came to appreciate Lincoln City after being away and experiencing larger, very urban areas,” said Wand. “This place just fits who I am – I’m all about the outdoors and taking advantage of the many activities you can do here."

Wand is an avid kayaker, loves to jog on the beach and hike with friends and enjoys crabbing, hiking, deep sea fishing and surfing. She can be found boogie boarding, watching the sunset and “glass float hunting” on the beach with her Chihuahua, Sweet Pea. To keep up with her packed schedule of outdoor activities, she works long shifts, but only on weekends, at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.

"I love being an X-ray technician,” said Wand. “I get to be part of the healing process with patients. It’s very rewarding.”

But for Wand, one of the best aspects of her work is that it never outweighs the other parts of her life.

"When I leave work, I’m done and ready to focus on other things that make me happy,” explained Wand. “I’m so lucky to have flexibility in my work and great benefits that provide a lot of paid time off for me to do the things I love."

Being a hometown girl, Wand loves the difference she can make for her neighbors when she’s within the hospital walls. “I grew up in this area, so I get to be there for people I know in their greatest time of need and make them feel more comfortable.”

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