Pam Harer has been at Allina Health for eight years. Working as the lead pharmacy tech at Mercy’s outpatient pharmacy, she and her “rockin’ team” keep one of the busiest pharmacies running like a well-oiled machine. But what keeps Pam running? What keeps out the chaos? Here’s how Pam unexpectedly discovered her zen.
The story begins at a place called Tuned-Up Custom Rods, a shop Pam and her husband Chris work at. ”It’s an expensive hobby,” she says, gesturing to the fishing rods and equipment surrounding her. “I have just the one (rod) from here. I customize it. It’s my ‘girls’ colors’, pink and purple, and my favorite color, blue.”
Pam’s father was an outdoorsman who loved fishing and hunting. “So it’s always been in my life. And then I met my husband.” A fisherman, Chris wanted Pam to love the sport as much as he did. “And I think the first gift he bought for me, after 2 weeks of dating, was a fishing pole.” At that moment, she knew it was a package deal: no fishing, no Chris. “So I think it was just kinda like, ‘You have to do this,’” she laughs.
To her surprise, she enjoyed it. “I like being out there. It’s relaxing… It’s just calming. And if we can go out, and not have everything else around us, it’s just nice.”
Recently, Pam found herself wading into even deeper waters. (Pun intended.) She tried her hand at working in their custom rod shop. “I came in once, and it was like, 3 hours later and I was like, “Oh my gosh. I can get a lot done, and it’s very relaxing.” That one time is all it took. “And then I just stuck around. I love it. It’s great.”
She reflects on what fishing has given her. “I think everything just kinda gives you a better sense of dealing with everybody. You know, to deal with doctor’s offices and nurses and insurance companies and stuff like that.” When Pam’s on the water, “everything just kinda comes together to give you that sense of… calm.”
Rachel Capeder, a Compliance Program Manager at Allina Health, is a self-described nerd. A nerd who likes to bring her team together through her unique, creative talents. From charity fundraisers to celebrating March 14, also known as Pi Day.