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.
“It’s 3.14, so it’s the mathematical symbol Pi. It’s just a really fun, quirky holiday to celebrate.” It also happens to involve one of Rachel’s favorite pastimes. “Yeah, I love to bake. I bring in baked stuff all the time. Last year I celebrated Pi Day… I think I did banana cream and French silk.” On the menu this year? French silk again, and a quadruple berry. “’Cause my coworker requested it.”
Back at Rachel’s house, she starts in on the French silk. “It’s a beast of a pie to make.” But then, everything is probably a beast to make when you don’t own beaters..“I do everything by hand,” she says. “Like, I make my whipped cream. It does tastes better. It might be psychological. And I guilt everyone and say, ‘I did all this by hand.’” She laughs, “So it’s psychological for everybody. But it does taste better.”
After a while, a timer goes off. The first two pies are complete. ”These are quadruple berry pies, as requested by one of my coworkers, Pam. It ended up being so many berries in that recipe I made, too. She’s going to be very excited, because she wanted one all to herself.”
Finally, the day comes. It’s March 14, Pi Day. Before the pies are served, Rachel’s supervisor introduces herself. “My name is Kelly Anderson, and I’m a director of Corporate Compliance. I’ve been at Allina for approximately 27 years. Been here a long time.”
What’s Kelly’s take on Rachel? “Rachel is very creative. And she’s so much fun, but she has such a caring side. And when she’s here in her role as a Compliance Manager, she is here to focus on the patient, making sure things are correct.”
Even though her role may not deal directly with patients, it’s obvious Rachel is a caregiver. “I think Rachel takes care of her coworkers,” says Kelly. “People really move towards her and the work that she’s doing. And that is a win-win for everyone.”
Just then, Rachel formally opens the flood gates. It’s time for pie. Everyone thanks her and buzzes over how delicious they look. “So this is one of your ultimate puns, right?” asks one coworker. Over a plate of pie, they all agree—this was a good day.
Baked goods aside, what exactly does make a good day there in the Department of Organizational Integrity and Compliance?
“What we’re trying to do, is do the right thing each and every time,” Rachel takes an earnest tone. “So knowing that we’ve done the right thing, is a great day. I have yet to leave and know we haven’t done the right thing, or haven’t tried our hardest to help everybody. So I don’t necessarily have bad days. I have long days. And there are days where it’s just like, ‘ugh, this is a lot right now.’ But I know we are dedicated to doing the right thing, each and every time.
I always have a good day.”
Ron Kaufman has been an internal medicine physician for 36 years. Throughout his career, he’s blended his interest in science with a keen sense of aesthetics, proving that art and science aren’t mutually exclusive—in fact, they make each other better.