Longtime staff member Lori Rees provides a different kind of care: As director of plant operations and security, she maintains Bacharach’s physical facilities.
Lori Rees is “not your typical female,” she says with a laugh. Since childhood, the Elwood resident has loved “tearing things apart, seeing how they work and putting them back together.”
That passion led her to a long career in a male-dominated field – building plant operations and maintenance – starting more than two decades ago at Bacharach.
“There aren’t a lot of us [women] out there,” says Lori, who rose through the ranks to become director of plant operations and security in 2009. “When people realize you know what you’re talking about, it opens their eyes.”
In fact, Lori oversees a 20-member staff of maintenance and security workers who care for the organization’s 21 facilities, from Manahawkin to North Cape May. Recent major projects have included renovating the hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation gym, putting a new roof on part of the hospital, and installing a new sprinkler system.
She is also responsible for interacting with the various federal, state and private agencies that inspect and regulate Bacharach – ensuring the organization meets the highest standards for safety and quality.
“There’s never really a typical day,” says Lori. “You go around handling needs as they come up, as well as other construction projects.”
And while she enjoys taking care of the facilities, Lori also likes helping individual patients and families whenever she can. For instance, she’s reupholstered patients’ wheelchairs, fixed their flat tires, and jump-started visitors’ vehicles.
“I enjoy seeing patients leave in a much better state than when they got here,” says Lori. “Everyone plays a role in their outcome.”
And her advice to other women interested in her type of career? “They should go for it if they want to and if they have the aptitude!”