My DaVita Twin
March 19, 2014 | A Day in the Life of a Dialysis Healthcare Administrator
There was one time that the FA team and I were at a leadership meeting with the rest of our division when someone from another region called me by the name of one of my fellow FAs. Instead of correcting her mistake, my Regional Operations Director (ROD) or boss said to her, “That’s okay. You’re not the first person to do that, they’re pretty much the same person.” Some may have been offended by this, but the person I was confused for has definitely been my touchstone, confidante, and who I turn to when I need a good laugh or just to vent. Though we come both have different backgrounds in terms of our professional experience, race, and families, we are definitely more similar than we are not. To say I have a unique sense of humor would be an understatement. Growing up as a third generation New Yorker with a show business family, I knew no other way than to have some witticism (or sarcasm) for every situation. Oftentimes these go on as an inner monologue in my head, but every so often they slip out. I knew I’d found a kindred spirit in my fellow FA the first time she laughed at one of these in my interview. The funny thing about is that we knew each other before I joined DaVita. My husband and her brother were roommates when my husband and I first started dating several years ago. I’d known of her and met her several times through this connection, but had no idea she worked for DaVita. I walked in to my interview with the rest of the FA team for my region and was shocked to see her. What was funny is that I’d known that she’d recently relocated to LA from Chicago and that she was in healthcare administration, but did not know exactly what she was doing. Prior to my interview we’d just seen each other at her brother’s house for New Year’s Eve. My interview was January 3rd.
Despite our previous connection, I always think that she and I would have found each other in DaVita one way or another. She’s the one I turn to when I need advice on how to navigate a certain situation. She’s the one who weathered all of the good, bad, and ugly interviews with me and we were always completed aligned on what we felt would be a good and not good fit for our region. Most importantly, she’s the one who I know will laugh with me when I find something hilarious that I know almost no one else will. We’ve had some major challenges in our region over the last few months and were it not for her, it would have been so much harder to get through.
We spend so much of our lives at work and though we all have our work selves and our “normal selves”, it’s definitely much easier to be at work when you know you have someone on your team who you know you can completely be yourself around and who “gets you.” Though I’ve definitely found this in others, it’s definitely not the same as someone who is “pretty much the same person” as I am.