Cameilia Baker, MBA, is Administrative Director of Emergency and Hospital Medicine. She honors the history of the Black and African American culture during Black History Month in February and throughout the year.
Cameilia Baker Celebrates Her Rich Culture
At LVHN, we recognize Black History Month by sharing colleague stories
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month means acknowledging, honoring and celebrating the rich history of the Black culture. Black History Month allows us to reflect on our past, present and future. Black means being resilient, and we have an uncanny ability to overcome difficulties and adapt to changes in life. Black means being excellent as we celebrate the greatness of achieving success, while maintaining dignity and integrity even in the face of adversity.
How has your culture influenced resiliency along your professional journey?
I started my LVHN career in March 2016 as a physician scheduling manager in the patient access department. I have had the privilege of being promoted twice since 2016, first to Program Director of Community Practice and Call Center and now my current role as Director of Emergency and Hospital Medicine. Prior to LVHN, I worked as a practice manager at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center, where I managed a gynecology practice.
My career journey started 22 years ago when I made the decision to leave my home country of Jamaica to pursue the American dream. My first job in the United States was working in the hospitality industry in the housekeeping department of a hotel as a supervisor.
Earlier on in my career journey, I struggled finding a career path that gave me purpose and passion. In 2008, I restarted my educational journey and enrolled in school as a full-time student while working full time and raising a family with two children under the age of 10. I was able to earn my bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
I am blessed to not only have found a career that I am passionate about and one that gives me purpose, but also to work for an organization that values me as a Black professional.
What advice can you give to colleagues during Black History Month?
My advice to colleagues during Black History Month is take a moment to pause, reflect and understand the journey of all our colleagues and realize that there is unity in diversity. We are a country of people from different backgrounds and beliefs and that out of many, we are one.