The Cost of a Cup of Coffee
Before joining the Emanate Health admitting team more than 20 years ago, Maria Porras recalls frequently driving past Queen of the Valley Hospital’s Family Birth & Newborn Center. “I knew that I really wanted to work here,” said Maria, who at the time was employed at a neurologist’s office and was excited to continue her career in the medical field.
Maria later worked as an insurance verifier for Emanate Health and in 2006, became the Maternity Department’s registration representative trainer. “I try to go out of my way to make sure our patients and visitors have good experiences,” said Maria, who loves meeting new employees and helping to train them to become the “best versions of themselves at work.”
Many of her family members are also Emanate Health patients, and she wants to show compassion and helpfulness to everyone she encounters. “I also love the diverse community we serve,” Maria shared. During her time at Emanate Health, she also earned a Medical Receptionist/Billing Certificate from North-West College, followed by an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
In 2010, Maria joined the Emanate Health Employee Giving Program and is proud to give back through payroll deduction. “I know that the little I contribute makes a difference, and if you’re willing to spend five dollars on a cup of coffee, you won’t see the difference in your check,” Maria said with a chuckle. “It’s a great way for employees to show their support of Emanate Health’s vision and further help the people who come here.”
Learn more about the Emanate Health Employee Giving Program at www.emanatehealth.org/employee.