Women in Business: Paula Just

Paula Just is the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Health First. Health First is an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN), which means their hospitals, robust Medical Group, health insurance plans and outpatient and wellness services work together to create a healthier Brevard County.

Just’s role, and that of Health First’s Human Resources team, is to inspire their associates to bring their very best to work every day in improving the health and wellness of the community. She grew up in a farming community in Central Missouri. Although Just admired the doctors and nurses in her small town who kept her family healthy, she learned at a young age that she was not destined to be a direct caregiver. She knew she could support those who provided health care in a different way.

Just has worked in Human Resources in health care her entire career of nearly 30 years. She has had the opportunity to observe amazingly wonderful caregivers. Their compassion and skills are magical and make such a difference in the lives of their patients. If she can help to create a work environment where associates can focus on doing what they do best – without worrying about their benefits, paychecks or whether they will have the opportunity to learn and grow new skills – then Just feels her work is successful. In that small way, she will have helped improve the care their patients received during a time when they needed it the most. Her greatest sense of accomplishment is making sure everyone uses his or her talents and gifts well. “It makes me happy if I can help make the people around me better,” Just said.

HEALTH FIRST
6450 US Highway 1
Rockledge, FL,
32955 (321) 434-5665
www.health-first.org

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