My family has had a series of health struggles over the years that have made me understand what’s important when someone you love is sick. From my dad’s six way bypass in 2008 to my mother-in-law’s frequent hospital stays for pneumonia and various infections, I had become more familiar with the insides of hospitals than I ever thought I would. Then five years ago, I got sick too.
For several weeks I had chest pains and shortness of breath. I didn’t think much of it, but my wife made me go to the hospital. They put wires all over my chest then had me get on the treadmill for a stress test. The results weren’t great—blockages in the heart. I needed two stents up into the main arteries of the heart. It was a minor surgery, but made me realize how delicate life is, and how much my job as a medical courier matters.
DOING WORK THAT MATTERS
Instead of delivering anonymous mail or tires, I’m helping transport things that really matter to people’s lives. As a medical courier, even if the doctors or patients never meet me, I know I’m part of a chain of support that can help someone get well again—and that means a lot to me.
I worked for another courier for nine years, mostly delivering interoffice mail and memos, payroll, things like that. We also delivered tires to car dealerships, Fruit of the Month Club boxes—just stuff. It was a giant company making $60m a year, but they weren’t paying us well, and they treated us really rudely at times. In frustration, I quit. Then I found MCI.
WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT MCI
Medical Couriers is family-owned, and they make me feel like I’m part of the family. They get to know me. They care about how my day is going. They ask how I am.
I work roughly 40 hours plus a little overtime depending on drop off locations or if I’m picking up infectious specimens. I make a decent wage, and I enjoy my work. There’s no stress here. And because of this great work culture, I don’t mind going out of my way to do my job—literally.
Like when I was picking up specimens from a hospital in Chico, and I got almost to Orland, nearly 30 miles away, when they asked me to come back to pick up more. When you’re working for a company you like and trust, and when you feel like you’re part of a team that cares, you take pride in your job, no matter how small the detail.
That’s why I work with MCI—because I know that my job is helping people like my dad and my mother-in-law get healthy every day.