Chief nursing officer at Osceola Regional Health Center in Sibley
SIBLEY—Wendy Marco has had many roles throughout her life.
Those roles have formed a clear pattern.
“Growing up, I was a catcher in softball and in volleyball I was a setter. Those are supportive positions that help keep the team together and I believe that’s my job in nursing leadership. I help build my team and make sure they have what they need to go forward for their shifts so that they can have a successful day,” Marco said.
Marco is the chief nursing officer and director of patient service at Osceola Regional Health Center in Sibley. Her job is an administrative one that focuses on ensuring that her team has the adequate supplies and training to make sure that the patients they care for have the best experience possible.
Helping people is her focus.
“When I was choosing a career I wanted to make sure that whatever I chose had a good impact on people,” Marco said. “I really enjoyed the sciences in schools and I loved understanding how the body worked.”
That led her to study nursing after she graduated from Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in Sibley in 2001 and she went on to earn her bachelor of science in nursing from South Dakota State University in Brookings in 2005.
She went on to work at Sanford Worthington Medical Center first as a staff registered nurse then as an administrative supervisor and finally as the director of the Women and Children’s Center. Then in 2018 Wendy decided to come home to Sibley.
“I married my high school sweetheart and his family has an excavating and farm drainage company that has really kept them in the area so I came back here after graduation and this is where we decided to have our family,” Marco said. “I worked in Worthington for several years and had wonderful mentors, but I was becoming more and more integrated in a community that I didn’t live in. I wanted to walk in our parades and support our school systems and really focus on patients in our community.”
So when the position opened in Sibley, Marco took the leap.
Like most medical careers, Marco said she does not have a stereotypical day, but on any day she could be checking on staff, reviewing patient assignments and patient acuity, working with insurance companies, making transfer plans for patients among different health systems and more. She works with doctors, nurses, therapists, the pharmacy department, a discharge planner, schedulers, the specialty clinics and the hospital’s assisted living facility, Heartwood Heights Senior Living.