For Julie Samora, PA-C, Vinton is almost a different world from Miami, where she received her education and worked.
“I came to Virginia Gay for a visit in October. I rented a car at the Cedar Rapids airport and it took about 2 minutes. I walked less than a block outside to the car, and everything just seemed so easy that it felt like heaven. I was looking for the quality of life I could enjoy while working in health care, and what really excited me about Vinton and Iowa was how everyone here is so nice and so helpful….I’m still a bit amazed.”
Julie’s position at Virginia Gay will include emergency and work as a hospitalist. She will also help in the clinics when needed.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity because I’m going to enjoy a much wider array of experiences than most PA’s typically get. No one I know from my program in Miami has been offered an opportunity like this. But then again, they haven’t considered Iowa.”
“When I was visiting emergency medicine residency programs I would ask myself if it felt right – if I could see myself living and working in that place long term. I visited three programs in California and I liked it there, but I couldn’t see myself staying. When I first visited Iowa for an interview at Virginia Gay the whole experience was different from anything I’d experienced before and it felt like what I was hoping to find.”
“I’m impressed with the resources available here at Virginia Gay. Vinton is a small community but Virginia Gay’s technology and the expertise of the staff shows a real commitment by the community to provide great health care. Virginia Gay shows that you shouldn’t make assumptions about small communities.”
When people here learn that I’m from Miami they think I might be a bit nuts, given the Iowa weather in winter. But I’m looking forward to the changing seasons and hopefully, a white Christmas. That’s what I remember as a child growing up in New Jersey. To be honest, it’s a little depressing to put lights on a little palm tree for Christmas.”
Ms. Samora is the first of a number of new staff members who will join the health care team at Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics to expand access to health care in Benton County.
For additional information about Virginia Gay Hospital, Clinics, Home Health, Nursing & Rehab, its services and providers, visit www.myvgh.org