Meet the member - HBA Atlanta president-elect: Debbie Vereb

Debbie VerebHBA Atlanta created our meet the member series to help members get to know each other better and feel connected. In this issue, we interview Debbie Vereb, HBA Atlanta president-elect.

Looking back on your career in the healthcare industry, what is some of the best advice you have received and/or what advice would you give women in healthcare?
The best advice I received was to get involved in a healthcare organization outside of my every day job, such as the HBA. I heard about the HBA from a mentor who talked very highly of the organization and thought it would be a great opportunity for me to meet other people. I was hooked from the first meeting and have grown in my professional career over the past five years with wonderful networking opportunities and skills development.
What do you do to continuously grow in your career?
I constantly read relevant books and articles on leadership and healthcare. I attend conferences, webinars and HBA events. I try to network with people that will help me understand different aspects of healthcare and to become a better leader.
How do you keep a healthy work/life balance?
I don’t always keep a healthy balance of work and life. I try to take care of myself by exercising, eating right and having a strong spiritual component to my life. By taking care of myself, I’m a better leader, wife and mother.
Why would you recommend HBA Atlanta to women in healthcare?
The HBA is a great organization that supports and elevates women in the healthcare industry from a diverse range of backgrounds. The HBA allows women to have the opportunity to expand their leadership skills in many different areas such as public speaking, board governance, organizational skills and project management to name a few. There is flexibility in the time commitment from helping out with a single event to assisting a few hours a month. Members of the HBA reap the rewards of new and strengthened relationships, professional success, visibility and recognition. 
What are your dreams for your future?
This is such a good question. Up until a few months ago I would have had the answer to this, but life changes and you sometimes gain a new perspective. I am a compassionate person and I have a natural tendency to want to help people. Due to the circumstances of dealing closely with the healthcare delivery system in my personal life with a very sick child for many years, and the recent experience of losing a loved one, I’m going to be a strong advocate for patient experience. I’m going to work on getting certified as a patient experience professional (CPXP) and be an advocate for families and patients in the hospital or clinical setting. I don’t know if I would call this a dream, but it’s quickly becoming a passion for me to make sure patients and their families are treated with dignity and respect in every healthcare setting.
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