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Bill doesn’t see his role merely as a budget manager at HCA Healthcare in Nashville, Tenn. In his 30 years with the organization, this “simple accountant at heart,” as he calls himself, has worked to contribute to the community and achieve a 360-degree view of the healthcare field. Bill also takes the time to self-reflect and ensure that his career path mirrors his moral compass.
What’s been most meaningful about your time at HCA Healthcare? There have always been characteristics I was in search of during my career: I wanted to believe in the organization’s services and mission, make a meaningful contribution, enjoy the company of my colleagues and have the opportunity to grow professionally. HCA Healthcare has allowed me to experience all of that.
How has HCA Healthcare helped you grow personally and professionally? The organization helps me scratch my entrepreneurial itch. Each business has its own executive team, growth trajectory and organizational systems, which makes each feel like its own entity. We also have a culture of listening to people’s ideas and innovations.
For six years Reese has been a fixture at Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Fla. While deployed in Iraq, he assisted soldiers from the helicopter to the emergency room. Today, he visits patients and their loved ones—providing hope when they may have lost it.
How did you transition from 32 years in the military to what you do now? After retiring, I needed something to do. I found myself visiting a local hospital waiting room, serving coffee and praying for family members of patients—eventually, praying with patients themselves. Months later I had a chance encounter with the senior chaplain. He asked if I’d volunteer in the Spiritual Care Department, and I agreed. When his position became available, I was selected to assume that role.
How does your background help you unlock possibilities? Being an active listener is important, and I learned this in Iraq when I was asked to just sit and talk with the soldiers. To my fellow veterans entering the workforce, I’d suggest using your education, training and military experience to help you identify a new career.
Yaneth has been unlocking possibilities since she moved to the U.S. from Colombia. Hoping to lead a more independent life, she started as a housekeeper before transitioning to the accounting department at The Medical Center of Aurora in Aurora, Colo. Yaneth had previous accounting experience that made her a natural fit, and she has always approached her role through the lens of humility and hard work.
How did you transition to your current role? I worked for a few months in environmental services, but I missed my old accounting job that I had back in Colombia. There was an opening in accounting and I jumped at the opportunity. When I got there, I promised myself that I’d keep pushing forward.
What guidance would you offer to colleagues who want to unlock possibilities? Don’t look back; always look ahead. Missing your old life doesn’t help you. If you let language, culture or other barriers get in your way, you’ll never achieve what you want in life.
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About HCA Healthcare
HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 182 hospitals and more than 2,300 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our more than 283,000 colleagues are connected by a single purpose — to give patients healthier tomorrows.
As an enterprise, we recognize the significant responsibility we have as a leading healthcare provider within each of the communities we serve, as well as the opportunity we have to improve the lives of the patients for whom we are entrusted to care. Through the compassion, knowledge and skill of our caregivers, and our ability to leverage our scale and innovative capabilities, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.