With nearly 1,300 associates across the country, we are privileged to have many clinicians in the Netsmart ranks. These experienced individuals work hand-in-hand with our technology teams to make sure we’re delivering solutions that work in real-life…not just the testing lab. These associates possess a wealth of knowledge and experience that helps keep our efforts aligned with the needs and goals of our clients.
In this series, we spotlight associates who have worked in the field with patients and organizations, and now call Netsmart home.
Mary Gannon – Chief Nursing Officer, Director, Product Management
- Tell us about yourself.
Hello – my name is Mary Gannon and I am a nurse. I grew up in a large Italian/Irish
family in a small town in Northern Illinois with a home health nurse for a mother. After graduating from Rosary High School (“Go Beads!”), I set off to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, determined to achieve my goal of becoming a large animal veterinarian. After a couple of years in the pre-vet program, I was accepted to the Veterinary Medicine school. I had some electives to take and opted for sign language, which led me on a winding path that cumulated in a change of majors to special education and doing a student assignment at the Iowa School for the Deaf (ISD) and then at the Kansas School for the Deaf where I was a dorm mother. This opened an opportunity to travel with the Gallaudet Dance Company (Gallaudet is the only university for the deaf in the United States) as one of their interpreters and first-aid person. The assignment with Gallaudet was a short-term one and after talking with my family and sharing stories, they convinced me that I was meant to be a nurse. For what is a nurse but a dorm mother, teacher, wound fixer, arranger, disciplinarian, advocate, caregiver, learner, leader? I was only 21 at the time, so I figured “why not? I’ll give it a try.”