Travis Smith

Rome Memorial Hospital picks assistant plant operations director

Published May 15, 2017 at 4:00pm

Travis Smith has been named assistant director of the Plant Operations department at Rome Memorial Hospital, announced James Marquette department director. 

“Travis is a hard worker who is eager to learn and has shown great leadership qualities in his eight years working here at Rome Memorial Hospital,” Marquette said. “I have full confidence in his abilities and look forward to working with Travis as we lead our Plant Operations team.”

The Plant Operations department is responsible for maintenance of the hospital building and 13 off-site facilities. The department handles care of all plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling issues, maintains the hospital’s energy center, does remodeling and renovations, maintains and repairs lighting and mechanical appliances, does overall painting and maintenance of the building’s surfaces and fixtures and handles snow removal and landscaping care.

The Plant Operations director and assistant director also oversee the hospital’s Biomedical Department, which ensures that medical equipment is well-maintained, properly configured, and safely functional.

Smith joined the Plant Operations staff in 2009 as a level one mechanic. Always ready to take on new challenges and responsibilities, he quickly advanced to a level three mechanic while gaining knowledge about the many facets of the Plant Operations department, hospital officials said.

“The one thing that I have always liked about working in Plant Operations is that there is always something different to learn,” Smith said, “and that is what is exciting about this new position too.”

Smith said that one aspect of his new job will require him to be knowledgeable about all Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program standards and making sure that Rome Memorial Hospital is meeting and exceeding those standards. In addition, he will manage project assignments and staff scheduling for the team.

Smith had taken over overseeing the maintenance of the hospital’s energy center last year and will continue that responsibility in his new position.

The team aspect of working in the Plant Operations department has always been what Smith liked best about his job.

“I have always loved the family environment we have here,” Smith said. “I can truly say my favorite part of my job is the people I work with.”

Smith and his wife Andrea reside in Floyd with their two children.