Lacrosse sparks friendship and referral to Legacy
When Lauren Skaggs, R.N., and Janelle Lorts, R.N., first met, Skaggs was just a high school freshman of 14 and playing lacrosse with the Sunset High School in Beaverton. Lorts had gotten involved with lacrosse when her kids played at the school and has continued to volunteer with the Sunset Lacrosse Club.
Skaggs went away to school in Baltimore. When she wanted to return to Portland, she did her homework. Remembering Lorts was an R.N. at Legacy, she contacted her to learn about the company and her career. Lorts was welcoming, told her about her own career path and took Skaggs for a tour around Legacy Good Samaritan. Lorts was “a good spokesperson for Legacy,” says Skaggs.
Lorts has worked in and around the Legacy Good Samaritan campus since 1974. She’s served in a variety of roles including working in critical care and cardiology, working for a cardiac physician and in her current role at Legacy Medical Group–Good Samaritan where she’s been for six years. She’s seen a lot of buildings go up and a lot of change happen over the years.
Lorts didn’t hesitate in recommending Skaggs. “She was a quality kid,” she says. She was also happy to see Skaggs follow in her footsteps. “She wanted to do what I did when I started.”
Skaggs now works night shift at Legacy Emanuel’s cardiac and vascular ICU. She appreciates the community of nurses, their knowledge and teamwork. She says there is a strong sense of community, something she also notes about the community of lacrosse players where she first crossed paths with Lorts.
Skaggs doesn’t get to play lacrosse much anymore, but Lorts is encouraging her to consider coaching. But the tradition continues as Skaggs’ younger brother is now on the lacrosse team.
Like lacrosse, Legacy is powered by teamwork, coaching and community.