Oda Roozeboom has come a long way since she grew up in the Philippines. She is now the vice president of professional services at Memorial Health System.
Despite their poverty, Roozeboom’s parents provided for their children and taught them not to be defined by their circumstances. When she left the Philippines, she landed a job as a nurse in Corpus Christi, Texas, and moved up the ladder from there.
She took time recently to tell CSBJ about herself and her organization.
Organization: Memorial Health System
Position: Vice president of professional services
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: 18 years
Education: Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. Master’s degree in nursing administration at University of Phoenix.
A few words about your company: Memorial Health System provides comprehensive health care services to Colorado Springs and southern Colorado.
Founded during 1904, Memorial has grown to a 700-bed health system serving the Colorado Springs’ community. Memorial consists of more than a dozen facilities throughout El Paso County, including three hospitals — Memorial Hospital Central, Memorial Hospital North and Memorial Hospital for Children, in partnership with The Children’s Hospital.
Recent accomplishments: Aside from accepting this position, I consider seeing my two children succeed in college and go abroad for humanitarian purposes an accomplishment.
It is wonderful to see them pursuing their dreams as well.
Biggest career break: Landing my first job as a nurse in Corpus Christi is really what started it all. It was the first step on the path that brought me to where I am today.
The toughest part of your job: What I think is most difficult is finding time outside work to do all of the things I would like to do. I’m a mother and wife also — it always seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day.
Someone you admire: I admire my parents. Despite the poor economic conditions we were in, they always did everything they could to provide for their children and ensure that we received a good education.
I learned from them not to be defined by the circumstances you were born into. They instilled in me the value of hard work to get out of the poverty cycle and supported me in my aspirations.
About your family: I’ve been married to my husband, Randy, for 23 years. My son, Clifton, just graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and will be attending Stanford University this fall for graduate studies. He is abroad in Honduras on a service trip right now. My daughter, Nikki, is in her second year of college at Denison University.
Something else you’d like to accomplish: I would really love to travel the world and see new places and cultures. I think it’s a dream that many people share.
How your business will change during the next decade: Memorial is being met with the challenges of doing more with less. Cost reduction is a goal, but maintaining quality care is critical.
In the present economic atmosphere and with limited resources, we are seeking to stay current with advancing medical technology in a financially smart way. Another concern we are focusing on is meeting the increasing needs of the baby boomer generation.
What book are you currently reading: “The Seven Sins of Memory” by Daniel Schacter, an interesting book my son recommended.
What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs: Nothing. I think Colorado Springs is a beautiful place to live.