Professional career paths are filled with bumps and obstacles and sometimes a switch in fields can become a perfect fit. Meghan Bailey, marketing manager for WellHealth Quality Care, is a perfect example of finding her niche in health care through her work in social media in other fields.
WellHealth is an integrated network of collaborative physicians that offers patients and providers an efficient and cost-effective health care delivery system and coordinates patient care between all medical specialties from primary care to specialty care.
Bailey is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of multiple divisions and facets within the WellHealth organization as well as developing marketing strategies, communications, public relations (internal and external) and overseeing development, design and implementation of support material for each physician as well as being the company liaison.
Her road began with a degree and background in fashion merchandising. “Still, I have always been a firm believer that life has a funny way of reminding you that you are not the boss–ever. I had the opportunity to move to Las Vegas and became involved with social media marketing. I was excited about it, took the chance to learn about it and that is how I became part of the marketing world.”
She worked in the construction industry until 2007 and when that industry started to decline, Bailey investigated other fields to find one with more stability. After weighing her options, she chose the medical industry. “Actually I went in for a job (at WellHealth Quality Care) and came out with a career.”
Bailey advises, “It is always smart to invest in education and a marketing or business degree will help immensely. However, it shouldn’t define you. Be open to change and take advantage of continuing education programs.”
She stated that educational outreach courses “are a good way to get started in the medical field in the areas of administration and marketing. There are so many opportunities such as working with electronic medical record systems, billing and patient services.” There are many different facets in health care administration to choose from in starting or changing a career path.
Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.