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Landscape Tech II

Dan G
Dan is a Landscape Tech II for Medxcel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his role Dan oversees and performs a variety of landscaping duties such as planting, weeding, digging, spreading topsoil and other materials, general lawn maintenance, irrigation system maintenance, and seasonal lawn preparation. Dan operates lawn mowers and snow removal equipment and related equipment.
 
“For those of us in landscaping, the outstanding benefits including insurance and PTO are so valuable, it’s very rare to get these types of benefits in a landscaping job. The benefits were a huge selling point for me. I appreciate the culture and vision of Medxcel, especially the focus on community service. I really love that.”
 

Describe your day-to-day responsibility and a typical day.

My work varies each day and differs each season. Our landscaping team is responsible for anything outside of the building. We maintain the lawn, trees, and bushes. We plant flowers, weed, plow snow, and maintain all our equipment. We help out anywhere that’s needed, even if it’s not directly related to landscaping. We work out of a large hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but go to other sites from time to time when they need assistance. There are currently two of us on the team and our supervisor splits his time between our site and another.
 

How did you arrive in your current role?

I worked in landscaping during my time in high school then I went to college to study facilities and was employed by a school taking care of the buildings and grounds. I even had my own landscaping company for about eight years. A few years ago someone I know told me about an opening at Medxcel and here I am. I was hired as a Landscaper Tech I and about nine months later I was promoted to a Tech II.
 

Has Medxcel provided you with training and development opportunities?

I have received a lot of great on-the-job training and I continue to attend seminars and workshops put on by our vendors. Medxcel is always providing those types of opportunities to us. I also attended the Global Leadership Summit. That opportunity broadened my knowledge of how to manage people and deal with customers and vendors and how to interact with them in a positive way. I try to take advantage of all the learning opportunities that are available to me and pick up knowledge anywhere it’s available. My boss encourages me to learn everything I can. I hope to eventually move up in the company and become a supervisor or manager, that’s my ultimate goal. Medxcel is a great supportive place to grow a career. 
 

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is making the hospital campus beautiful for those who visit. People don’t always realize it, but when they pull up to a hospital facility, if the landscaping is beautiful, it is subconsciously welcoming and puts them in a better frame of mind during a difficult time. I love working with the flowers and we’ve expanded our flower beds quite a bit the past few years. Flowers make such a big impact because of their beauty. This is a great job and I enjoy trying to make our facility look nice and we constantly find ways to improve it.
 

Which of Medxcel’s Core Values are most important to you?

Service of the poor is something I see each day. I love that we get to help others who may be less fortunate or are hurting, and we are encouraged to serve them any way we can. I also believe that dedication is very important to my role. I work long hours and it takes hard work and dedication to keep our campus beautiful and safe, particularly when it comes to keeping the campus clear of any snow or ice hazards so that we can keep our patients, visitors, and staff safe.
 

What would you say to someone considering working for Medxcel?

I absolutely recommend Medxcel as a place to work. For those of us in landscaping, the outstanding benefits including insurance and PTO are so valuable, it’s very rare to get these types of benefits in a landscaping job. The benefits were a huge selling point for me. I also really enjoy my leaders and coworkers. We all get along great, and I appreciate the culture and vision of Medxcel, especially the focus on community service. I really love that.
 

What types of service projects have you and your Medxcel teams taken part in?

Our team participates in the adopt-a-highway cleanup program. We pick up trash and do clean up. I also volunteer a lot on my own. I volunteer at a youth camp, and I also do house and yard work for needy and foster families. I really appreciate that Medxcel encourages us to serve in our communities and gives us paid time to do so. It means so much to me, you don’t find many employers that encourage their employees to serve and support those efforts.
 

Is there a project you’ve been a part of that you’re particularly proud of?

Our team renovated the healing garden at our hospital and brought the pond back to life. The garden and pond are a key feature of our hospital campus and were in disrepair. It’s located just outside of our cancer center, and it allows our patients and guests to enjoy some natural beauty to help ease their minds. That’s been my favorite projects on our campus. We cleaned out the pond and continue to maintain it. This year we added a flower bed and it’s really beautiful. The waiting area for our cancer patients overlooks the healing garden and the patients really enjoy it.
 

Have you encountered any challenges in your work?

Three years ago we experienced a Polar Vortex event and the entire winter we experienced record snow. We had very limited staff at the time, and we put in a record number of hours of overtime just plowing snow. Since we were short staffed, Medxcel associates from other departments pitched in to help when they could, maintenance employees and even our plumber. I basically lived in a skid loader and snowplow that entire winter moving snow. I hope to never go through that again. We had sub-zero temperatures combined with record amounts of snow and it seemed like it never stopped.
 

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