Scrubs are not the boxy, white uniforms that were the only choice. Scrubs are now refined and come in a variety of styles and fabrics that are comfy. I am
targeting and helping that community that’s working extensive hours doing a lot of hard work helping others and making sure they are healing and getting well.
What I offer if comfy options for them and reasonable, competitive prices. Anyone can wear scrubs. I had a resident from the Monroe Street area who came in and
bought scrubs. She’s retired and enjoys gardening. She said that all of the pockets in the scrub pants were perfect for gardening. The utility and comfort of scrubs
go beyond the medical field.”
Rodriguez isn’t content with just selling healthcare supplies, she also wants to help people get into the healthcare field.

“I can have informational sessions, going back to my old life in outreach for UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies,” Rodriguez said. “I’m thinking about
having some free informational sessions at night, maybe having a speaker from Madison College, Edgewood College or UW-Madison to talk about things like how
do you go about pursuing a career in health. What are the steps? What are the ‘side doors’ because people don’t think about that ‘main door’ to apply and get into
medical school, nursing or public health programs. Well there are other side doors as well for people who need to fulfill prerequisites or if they have to retake
classes they took decades ago. There are ways and possibilities. There are lots of different ways that you can go back and do the work that is necessary in order
to get where you want to go and reach your career and education goals. I think the store is going to do that. We have the space and my calendar is open and I am
ready to set up some time to have this open for informational sessions.”

Oh, and one other thing. Scrubs Station will be funding a healthcare scholarship for adult returning students that will be managed by Continuing Studies.

“Some portion of our profits will go toward that scholarship just because that is aligned with my value system and my background,” Rodriguez said. “I think that is
only fair that we help other students somehow who have barriers and are trying to go back to school.”

Scrubs Station is about more than the financial bottom line. It’s about community, something planted in Ileana Rodriguez’s soul as a little girl in Puerto Rico.

Scrubs Station is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. We are open on Mondays from noon to 6 p.
m. For more information, call (608) 416-5557.