Where Are They Now? Lynne Maloney '84
What did you study at Simmons?
What is a typical day like at your job?
Since I am the Director of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation Services, my daily schedule varies every day. I oversee inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services in a 25 bed critical access hospital in New Hampshire. In the past year, I have also been supervising the medical rehab programs of Outpatient Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Fitness and Diabetes Education. The best part is that I get to evaluate and treat patients as a physical therapist in addition to the administrative duties.
What was the job application process for you?
I started back at this hospital as an outpatient physical therapist after moving back to New Hampshire from Maryland 14 years ago. I moved up to the Inpatient Coordinator and then had the opportunity to interview for the open Rehab Manager position 7 years ago. Even as an internal candidate, there was a rigorous application and interview process. In the end, I think I counted 7 separate interview sessions with rehab staff and other hospital managers before being offered the position.
What is really unusual about my history at this hospital, is that I was the Director of Rehabilitation from 1990 to 1993. The department was really small and when I returned 8 years later from Maryland, they had built a state-of-the art Wellness Center with expanded therapy services and an offsite clinic in the next town. Lots happened in the 8 years that I was gone.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love the variety and flexibility. I work with incredible therapists, physicians, clinicians and nurses who really care about their patients and the small community that we serve. I get to work directly with patients and also participate in many hospital wide committees and program development.
How did you know the organization was a good fit for you?
This small nonprofit hospital is really dedicated to the community. It's well supported by this community and has remained independent through all of the healthcare changes. This organization is friendly, respects employee's family/work life balance and expects high quality of care. These values match mine in every way.
What was your favorite class you took at Simmons? Why?
I find this the hardest question to answer. Because of the liberal arts base at Simmons, I had the great opportunity to take a variety of classes separate from the basic science courses. I remember liking Colonial Boston, Women in the Law and Sociology classes. These classes were so different from biology, chemistry and physics that were required for physical therapy.
If you could come back and take one class at Simmons what would it be?
For physical therapy classes: I have always said that I would love to take Gross Human Anatomy again. I feel that I would get so much more out of this now that I can relate it to the patients I have worked with over the past 30 years.
For non physical therapy classes: I would like to take Professor White's Communications Media Class. I've always been a bit "technologically" challenged when it comes to working with media, unlike Kaitlyn. She has been essentially self-taught and for sure has not learned her media skills from me.
How did Simmons help prepare you for your career?
Simmons helped me prepare for my career by giving me a great liberal arts base along with the specific career preparation as a physical therapist. I believe I learned a lot about the world in the variety of classes that were a part of the liberal arts curriculum and have come to appreciate this as I have progressed in my career.
In the physical therapy program, I learned from the professors that women can have a family and a wonderful career. These professors taught us by their actions how to be flexible, be part of a team and how to balance family and work responsibilities. I remember times when a professor would have to change a class schedule with another professor due to an unexpected family situation. These professors really helped each other out. These situations have come up almost every day of my career. As a team of therapists, we help each other out, we may have to work in a different area if a fellow therapist is home with a sick child and generally have to be ready for the unexpected.
How does it feel to have Kaitlyn attending Simmons?
It feels great to have Kaitlyn attending Simmons. I feel blessed that she is doing so well and is making her own Simmons memories. Simmons has been such a good fit for her and she is taking advantage of just about everything that Simmons and Boston have to offer.
Is there anything that you did in your time at Simmons that you'd like Kaitlyn NOT to do?
It's not so much about what I "did" at Simmons that I don't want Kaitlyn to do, but more of what I "did not" do that I want Kaitlyn to do. I don't feel that I took advantage of the "extras" at Simmons and in Boston as much as she is doing. I hope that she gets a chance to do a lot of the cultural activities that are offered in the area. I really did not appreciate this aspect when I was at Simmons. Especially, I never went to the Gardner Museum during my time at Simmons and that was one of the first things I did with Kaitlyn in her first semester.
Kaitlyn said you met your husband at Simmons! How did you meet?
I met my husband, Paul, at a dance/party that my dorm, Smith Hall, sponsored at Alumnae Hall in September 1983. He came to the party with his friends from Northeastern and as they say, the rest is history. We will celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks.
What's your Simmons Moment?
I've been trying to think of a single "Simmons Moment" and I can't think of just one. What I have is a collection of wonderful memories and moments that include making life long friends, having great professors and mentors, continuing long standing traditions, being in such a great college city -- and always feeling welcome and at home.