67: Impacting Healthcare, from Bedside to Boardroom, with Mary Rotunno, General Counsel, El Camino Health; Board Member, Momentum for Health
Meet Mary Rotunno:
Mary Rotunno is the General Counsel for El Camino Health and Board Chair at Momentum for Health. She is also a board member for VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. and SaNOtize Research and Development Corp. Previously, she served as Senior Counsel for the Bay Area Region at Dignity Health. Mary has also worked as a registered nurse. She graduated from University of Illinois at the Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California.
Mary has over 25 years of experience as an attorney specializing in litigation and healthcare law.
- Most Valuable Skills. Mary shares that the most important skills she uses as General Counsel include flexibility, resilience, and the ability to stay calm in crisis. Sometimes Mary has to provide legal perspectives that are in the best interest of the organization, but not necessarily popular. (10:09)
- Patient-Care Perspective. Mary’s previous experience as a nurse compliments her work as a General Counsel. She has empathy, and can to relate with clinical staff and understands the healthcare industry from a patient-care perspective. (13:29)
- Understanding Your Career Trajectory. Mary emphasizes that life and careers are not linear. Be open to opportunities or new challenges, and be agile so you can pivot to those opportunities when they present themselves. You can’t plan your life, because then you have a plan and not a life. (18:30)
This episode is hosted by Sanjula Jain, Ph.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story, co-founder of Think Medium, and the SVP, Market Strategy and Chief Research Officer at Trilliant Health.