Part of the Emergency Department Family
For Stephanie Chapp, PA, joining the emergency department at Columbus Community Hospital 11 years ago felt like finding a second family. She enjoys the collaboration, teamwork and support she experiences working with an amazing group of doctors, nurses, midlevel providers and hospital staff.
Going the Distance
While studying dietetics at University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Chapp was inspired to pursue a career in medicine. After attending the physician assistant (PA) program at Union College in Lincoln, she completed 12 months of rotations in a variety of medical specialties. One of her rotations was in the emergency department at Columbus Community Hospital, and she knew this was where she was meant to be.
“I loved how much the emergency staff at Columbus was a family, and I felt like I fit in right away,” Chapp said. “I took that leap into emergency medicine and have loved it ever since.”
Chapp loves her job so much that she’s willing to commute 90 minutes from her home in Lincoln three days a week.
“I was born and raised in Lincoln and that’s where I call home, but I love the ER in Columbus and it’s right where I want to be in my career,” Chapp said.
Connecting with Patients
Helping patients understand their symptoms and treatments is a rewarding part of the job for Chapp.
“Patients coming into the emergency room are often facing many unknowns and they have a lot of questions. Educating patients about the next steps while they’re in the ER and after they go home is essential to their successful treatment and recovery,” Chapp explained.
“I love that I can really provide a support to those patients. They might be feeling sick and scared, dealing with pain and going through a difficult time. Building trust through good communication about their care really makes a difference,” Chapp said.
Family and Community
“The family atmosphere with the staff in ER is really important to me,” Chapp said. “Over the years, I’ve seen how members of the community support one another, and I’m proud to be a part of that extended community as well.”
Chapp and her husband, Dan, have three kids (ages 8, 10 and 17) who love spending time outdoors, traveling in the mountains and on the beach. The family enjoys hiking, playing outside and taking care of their puppy.
“We are huge Husker volleyball fans, and our kids love being involved in soccer, marching band, football and anything sports-related,” Chapp said.