Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
working together...why I choose VA
One of my primary roles as the Administrative Fellow is the unique opportunity to understand and experience hospital operations by completing rotations with both clinical and ancillary services. Throughout my fellowship, I have met brilliant and dedicated individuals who not only uphold the mission of the medical center themselves, but also inspire purpose amongst their fellow employees. From the Medical Technologists in the laboratory describing in earnest how passionate they are about their work to the Clinical Pharmacists who expertly manage chronic illnesses with Veterans, I have been fortunate to experience the many remarkable things that occur at the medical center each day.
As a recent Medical University of South Carolina graduate from the Master in Health Administration program, my didactic experience has helped me understand medical center operations in practice and how to creatively approach different projects throughout the year. Having the opportunity to be a part of the planning team for the Strategic Planning Retreat allowed me to understand the importance of having a vision for the future as a leading health care organization.
Health care is a field that evokes passion and commitment in many individuals, and even more so health care provided to those who protect our freedom. Many of my loved ones are Veterans, including my father and grandfather who never cease to inspire me with their work ethic and dedication to helping others.
If my time as the Administrative Fellow has taught me anything, it is that in the face of a changing health care environment we must prioritize innovation and an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. Every role plays an instrumental part in providing the needed expertise to accomplish our goals. Though I am just beginning my health care career, I am excited to continue to be a part of something I truly value. Providing my contribution to making the medical center a place that provides excellent care to our Veterans is not only a rewarding experience but also my purpose.