It took being accepted into medical college to make Stephanie Lim notice that she didn’t need to be a health care provider.
Trying to uncover what she did need, Lim left her native Malaysia in 2005 to attend Luther School in Iowa on a number of scholarships in pursuit of her bachelor of arts and superior levels. The plan was to check out totally different programs to determine what she needed to pursue, which turned out to be majoring in chemistry and minoring in administration. By commencement, it was the peak of the Nice Recession and Lim feared that corporations wouldn’t select to rent a non-American over an American.
As an alternative, firm executives supplied to sponsor a piece visa, everlasting residency and finally requested if she needed to be a citizen. “I by no means got down to turn out to be an American citizen, I got down to have a profession,” Lim says.
Her work workforce helped her examine for her citizenship examination and he or she grew to become a U.S. citizen in February. “I wouldn’t be right here at the moment apart from the parents who took an opportunity on me.”
As we speak she’s at HCA Healthcare the place, as VP of technique, neuroscience and innovation, Lim is answerable for figuring out enterprise alternatives that fulfill the group’s healthcare wants together with market-based strategic plans, service line improvement, deployment of revolutionary applied sciences and telehealth implementation, the latter particularly in response to the pandemic. She attributes her effectiveness in her job to the folks she works with.
“I’ve seen CEOs in scrubs serving to with affected person transport as a result of issues had been so busy,” she recollects. “Individuals keen to roll up their sleeves and assist with staffing when wanted. I present up due to the selfless employees I work with.”
They’re the identical individuals who primarily took her in.
“Plenty of folks’s desires for me helped get me right here,” she says. “They stated, ‘We see you as somebody, and we need to show you how to obtain the American dream.’”