Why do you work with Dr. Tadje and his team?
It all started in 2007, when I moved from Reno, Nevada, to the great state of Idaho, to be closer to my Grandparents. I was blessed enough to quickly land a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant at St. Alphonsus in Boise on the Orthopaedic Trauma floor. While I had been a CNA on an Orthopaedic joint replacement floor in Nevada, the difference in care, medical procedures and technology was astounding. I had never been exposed to Orthopaedic trauma before and I quickly grew to love it. Through the five years I worked for St. Alphonsus, I got to know many different Orthopaedic surgeons. While they were all wonderful and skilled, one really stood out to me – Dr. Tadje. He was so kind and compassionate, and it was evident by watching the way he interacted with patients that he not only had a true passion for his work but also for helping others. While there are so many different stories I could tell (read Coltin’s Story below), I remember one in particular. I was working with a patient that had been critically injured in a motorcycle accident when Dr. Tadje happened to stop by to check on him. The patient had a head injury, multiple fractures and a long list of internal injuries. Although the accident happened almost a week prior, it was the first time the patient had been able to meet Dr. Tadje because he had been unconscious. Dr. Tadje shook his hand, pulled up a chair and sat down next to the patient, which was something I’d never seen any doctor do before. He talked with the patient for quite some time, detailing the multiple injuries he sustained, how he had treated each injury and what the patient should expect as a result. Dr. Tadje and the patient continued to talk about “normal life” things – family, kids, work and hobbies. Before leaving, the patient thanked Dr. Tadje for “putting me back together.” Dr. Tadje promised him that he would do his very best to care for him so that he could get back to playing with his kids. Once Dr. Tadje left, the patient looked at me and said, “I think he really means that.” After watching Dr. Tadje interact with the patient I was able to confidently say “I know he does.” From that moment forward, I knew Dr. Tadje was not only a skilled surgeon, but also as a kind, caring and uniquely compassionate person.
Over the next several years I completed a bachelor’s degree in Health Science Studies and was lucky enough to continue to work with Dr. Tadje on the Orthopaedic floor at St. Luke’s. A little over two years ago Dr. Tadje asked me to join his team. After doing inpatient orthopaedics for over 10 years, leaving the hospital was the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but I knew I couldn’t turn it down. I had always thought of Dr. Tadje as top-notch, and while I expected his team to be as well, I’m still surprised and amazed at how awesome they are. Virginia is so thoughtful and deeply cares about her patients, many of whom she knows on a nearly personal level. Tracy is all about making sure every patient is taken care of. Mikayla is detailed and on the path to become a PA. Steve, has years of experience as an x-ray tech and enjoys talking with our patients. Lacey, our newest team member, has a heart of gold and fits right in. Each day I go home knowing that every person I work with genuinely cares about our patients, not just for them.
In addition to working with an amazing crew, I also get the opportunity to know our patients over time and to watch as they improve. Whether it’s a work-related injury, a fracture or a condition earned after years of having fun, I know that our patients are going to get the best treatment in a kind and caring atmosphere. For me, the best thing about being a part of Team Tadje is watching our patients get back to doing the things they love.