Aug. 16 marked the one-year anniversary of UTMB Health and Angleton Danbury Medical Center joining forces to provide the very best community-based health care, focused strongly on patients and families.
Ann Varghese, director of Ambulatory Operations at UTMB Health’s Angleton Danbury Campus, has been there for the entire journey. She joined the Angleton Danbury Medical Center in 2004 and held a variety of positions, including director of Managed Care and Rehab Services and assistant administrator. In August 2014, she made the transition to UTMB employment as the associate administrator for the ADC. Varghese began her career as an occupational therapist in Houston after earning her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, and her master’s degree in business and healthcare administration from the University of Houston, Clear Lake.
She took some time out to talk about the Road Ahead at ADC, as well as her life outside of work.
What does the Road Ahead look like for you?
To me, the Road Ahead is truly a path for all the UTMB family to follow so that together we can aim to meet the vision and mission of our institution. The Road Ahead shows every aspect that we collectively as an institution want to touch—People, Value, Strategic Management and Growth, and Resources. It also allows me to evaluate the work that I do and determine if those decisions and actions I make and do every day make a positive impact in achieving the mission of UTMB. August marked one year that Angleton Danbury Medical Center officially became UTMB Health Angleton Danbury Campus.
How have things changed since becoming part of the UTMB family?
Angleton Danbury Medical Center was a great hospital. (Obviously—I stayed for over 10 years!) But for the sustainability of our hospital in the Angleton community, we needed a partner. It was a great decision to partner up with UTMB. We’ve had a very busy first year— from transitioning employees, to reviewing and aligning policies and procedures, learning new systems and our most recent project of going live on Epic. It’s been an amazing year—full of learning and growth. I’m proud to be part of this change, but even more proud of all the amazing staff in Angleton who have worked so tremendously hard to make this partnership and transition a success. We could not have done it though without the dedicated UTMB staff who stood beside us this past year. In my opinion, those relationships and opportunities to share experiences and knowledge have been invaluable. During this past year, we’ve also seen tremendous growth in our ambulatory clinics. It has been great to welcome additional primary care providers and specialists to our community. The community always appreciates receiving care at home—and we’re excited that we can offer more to our community members locally in Angleton.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The people—the ones I work with, partner with, and those we serve. I enjoy the relationships we have built and our collective efforts making a positive impact and achieving goals.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I have three boys under the age of 10—need I say more? We stay busy with Scouts, music lessons and sports. Beyond that, I’m an active board member of the United Way of Brazoria County. I enjoy giving back to my community and being a part of it. When I have time, I enjoy baking and trying new recipes … yummy!
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
Growing up, my first career choice was to become a teacher. Although I ultimately did not choose that career path, I still love it. I especially enjoy teaching things that I’m passionate about. Every Sunday morning I dedicate my time to teaching the high school students at my church. My students are wonderful and I must admit that, although I am there to teach them, they have blessed me far more.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but have not done yet?
I love seeing, learning and exploring different cultures of the world. I would love to spend time in various countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia—absorbing and experiencing the uniqueness of each.