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Meet Yameeka Jones, FACHE of Vibra Hospital of San Diego in Hillcrest

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yameeka Jones.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always been a “people person” and wanted to do something that gave me purpose while also improving the lives of others. I initially wanted to be a physician and was a Pre-Med major at Auburn University. During my sophomore year, I had second thoughts and decided to change my major to Psychology with a minor in Business. At the time, I didn’t know about the business side of healthcare and that healthcare administration was even an option.

After graduating from Auburn, I was introduced to this field through a family friend who had been working as a Director at a nationally recognized healthcare company for years. I was quite intrigued due to my continued interest in the healthcare field. I applied and was accepted into the dual Master’s program in Healthcare Administration and Business Administration (MSHA/MBA) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the rest is history.

I’ve been in this field for 13 years now in various capacities while serving as a CEO in the Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH) setting for the last 6 years. In an industry where the C-suite is typically male-dominated, I am blessed to have had great female mentors early on who helped mold me into the leader I am today.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
In healthcare, we face many challenges and obstacles daily. It comes with the territory.

Our healthcare system in America is very complicated and highly regulated with constant change and the need to adapt to those changes. However, at the end of the day, we have the ultimate duty and responsibility of caring for human lives.

From an administration perspective, we have to ensure we manage our hospital effectively to provide the highest quality of care to the patients and essential resources to our staff and physicians. Whenever I’m faced with a difficult or challenging decision to make, I always ask myself how that decision would affect a patient.

Ultimately, the best interest of our patients is the priority. As long as we all remember that, everything else will fall into place.

Vibra Hospital of San Diego – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I have served as the CEO at Vibra Hospital of San Diego for 3 years now. Our hospital is a licensed general acute care hospital, and we care for those patients who require longer hospitalization than the traditional hospital stay. We specialize in managing complex critically ill patients, especially those who require ventilator weaning or complex wound care.

It’s such a rewarding experience to see the many success stories and amazing impact our staff and physicians have on the lives of our patients and families. We have a great team! Also, as a company, it’s exciting to see Vibra’s growth over the past few years. We have added several new hospitals and are expanding into many new markets across the country.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I believe success is definitely individualized and unique to each person. I define success as achieving your goals and aspirations while also feeling fulfilled in what you do. That would be the ultimate success. There are so many people who may have succeeded in their careers, but aren’t happy or fulfilled in what they do. I believe we can have it all! In addition, success is not accomplished alone.

An individual striving for success should surround themselves with other highly successful people. You can learn so much from the experiences and support of others. It’s a team effort at times. I don’t consider it very realistic to achieve success completely on your own. Being resourceful while seeking guidance along the way is much needed throughout your journey.

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