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I am Penn State Health: Mary Codi

Raise your hand if you cringe at the idea of calling to straighten out an insurance problem or inquire about a medical issue. For Care Coordinator Mary Codi, a medical social worker at Penn State Health St. Joseph, working out snags in patient discharge plans is all in a day’s work. She spends hours advocating for the uninsured, for those with low income and those who are in physically and mentally abusive situations, for IV drug abusers, for the homeless, for those facing discharge to a place other than home.

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Early Inspiration

I interned at Penn State Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and realized that being a resource and providing emotional support to a family whose child was going through a severe medical crisis was a very rewarding aspect of social work.

Team Penn State Health

I love being part of the Penn State Health family. I went to college at Penn State, interned and worked at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and work at St. Joe’s, which is now part of Penn State Health. I’m proud to represent all that Penn State offers. I’m very excited for the opportunities and resources this new partnership brings to the Berks region.

Best Part of My Job

Interacting with the multidisciplinary team – it’s exciting to work with the nurses, doctors and therapists and not just with my core group of co-workers. You learn a lot.

Most Memorable Project

I helped develop forms we use for documentation and attend trainings for the CareConnect project, when St. Joe’s transitioned from paper records to electronic records. I also helped train my co-workers on CareConnect, which has helped streamline the discharge process.

If I Weren’t Here, I’d Be…

…a stay-at-home mom. My son, Ethan, is two years old, and he’s my first. He’s extremely special!

You Might Be Surprised to Know…

…that I’m musically inclined. I played trombone throughout high school.

3 Things I Couldn’t Live Without:

  1. My husband and my son
  2. Amazon Prime
  3. Vanilla ice cream

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