Hilda is a Project Manager at HTS, Inc. She has 15 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and 10 years of project management experience in healthcare transition and activation planning of new hospitals. She has served as a construction liaison for a multi-phased construction project where she developed contingency and mitigation plans for all construction activities impacting patient care. Hilda’s depth of experience in Transition Planning has propelled the development and successful implementation of the FreightTrain® Activation Suite (FitUp, RAIL, and OPM) in complex, large scale medical centers.
Hilda became a nurse because she enjoyed watching surgery on TV and wanted to be the person that “passed the instrument to the doctor.” She didn’t know much about healthcare but she recalls her family always coming to her to remove splinters and place bandages. She was a natural! In 1997, at 21 years old, she was the first person in her family to graduate college, earning her BSN from USC Nursing school.
She took her boards and accepted her first job as an NICU RN at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Carson, CA. A few years later, she became a Public Health Nurse for Los Angeles County. She was determined to get her master’s degree and from September 2001 to May 2003, she attended UCLA Graduate School for Nursing Administration to earn her MSN. This is where she met Kelly Guzman, HTS’s COO and she became her preceptor supporting the UCLA Westwood and Santa Monica New Hospitals. She continued to work with Kelly at UCLA for just under one year after graduating. In 2004, Kelly introduced her to Bill Clemenson, HTS President and Founder, and the rest is history.
Here’s an interesting insight into Hilda, in her own words:
|is happy||“I’m with my husband and kids on a trip somewhere. The memories we create are precious to me.”|
|felt/is proud||“Of my accomplishments in my professional career and personal life. I feel very blessed that I have the best of both worlds. Balancing and setting up boundaries is tough, but once they are established, it is possible to have it all. It’s just a balancing act.”|
|is/was sad||“When I feel like I’m not balanced and am more focused on other priorities than on my family. My kids are in the double digits and if I start to remember what I missed because of how busy I was with having back-to-back kids (3 kids under 3 years old at one point), while juggling a new marriage, and a career. I did the best I could and there were several life changes that I was not prepared for. I’m just glad it wasn’t too late when I learned the balancing act.”|
|Is/was hilariously amused||“When I reminisce on the silly stuff I did before I had the responsibility of my own little family. I seriously had so much fun!”|
|Is grateful for||“My husband, kids, parents, and siblings. I am also very grateful that God placed Kelly in my path because she has been my mentor for so long. I don’t think I would be where I am today if she didn’t believe in me and most of all, have the patience for my crazy ideas and stubbornness.”|