Source: The Kentucky Standard, May 8, 2021
It’s not uncommon for parents to inspire their children to take a certain career path. But for Lucia Guthrie, it was her daughter’s devotion to health care and health sciences that encouraged her to go back to college and get a second degree.
Guthrie is a vascular sonographer working in cardiovascular services to provide diagnostic imaging. Carlee Mudd, her daughter, is a registered nurse in the critical care department as well as a member of the rapid response team and provides care to acute and critically ill patients. Both women, who reside in Bardstown, work at Baptist Health Hardin in Elizabethtown.
“This is a second career for me,” Guthrie said. “I had a bachelor’s in business and worked in human resources for many years” before staying home to raise four children.
Mudd, her eldest daughter, expressed an interest in health care early on.
“I’ve always liked science and biology, so I always knew I wanted to do something like that,” Mudd said.
Guthrie not only supported her daughter’s passion, but she too became interested in the field.
“Even though my background was business and human resources, it just struck a chord with me,” Guthrie said.
At the time, St. Catharine College was still operating in Springfield and offered a sonography program. Guthrie, looking to re-enter the workforce, enrolled and completed the program about three years later. Mudd attended the University of Kentucky for nursing school and is currently studying to be a nurse practitioner while also working.
Guthrie first started working with Baptist Health in Louisville, but she has been in Elizabethtown for about five-and-a-half years. She works part-time and would like to stay with the facility until she retires.
The duo never dreamed they’d be working at the same hospital, but when Mudd was looking for a position, she saw how much her mom enjoyed working in Hardin County and decided to apply for an available spot.
“It’s not too far away from Bardstown, where we live, and it’s a decent-sized hospital but not anything too crazy. I knew my mom liked working here and it seemed like a good environment,” Mudd said.
She’s been there almost three years.
While they work in different departments, Guthrie and Mudd are able to interact frequently.
“It can vary. Some days I will see her once a day,” Guthrie said, and other days they might have more time together or will pop in to say hello as time allows.
“Generally, both of our departments are quite busy,” Guthrie said, but sometimes they are providing care or services for the same patients.
“It’s nice because there’s some overlap,” Guthrie said, and the two can educate each other on certain medications, processes and conditions, which helps them both grow as professionals.
Mudd said she also enjoys learning more from her mom about her work, which is very specialized.
Guthrie and Mudd put a lot into their work at the hospital, and their passion for the patients shows.
“Lucia and Carlee exemplify the essence of what the culture of Baptist Health Hardin represents. Both ladies are superior in their care delivery and treat each patient as they have been related for years,” said Jamie Wilkerson, director of critical care and cardiovascular services at the hospital. “Caring is embedded into the hearts of Lucia and Carlee and I’m proud to be able to work alongside them.”
Like many others working in health care, this past year has presented unique challenges for Guthrie and Mudd as they had to navigate the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working in the ICU, Mudd especially had frequent encounters with patients suffering respiratory issues.
In a time when many parents and children worry about each other’s safety and well-being, Guthrie and Mudd had jobs to do.
“Honestly, she’s my hero,” Guthrie said of her daughter. “Knowing she is on the front line and treating these patients.”
Guthrie said she felt the hospital was prepared to take on the pandemic and others like Wilkerson provided positive energy in leadership that has helped them get through and stay motivated.
“It never felt worrisome to me. Yes, I was concerned about Carlee, but it’s teamwork. Everyone here is going above and beyond their normal role and their normal duties,” she said.
Mudd said her mother has been extremely supportive, especially when covid-related issues hit the hospital hard last year.
“My mom, she’s always been really attentive to my mental and physical wellbeing and making sure that I am doing OK,” she said.