A health system in the area has named a new vice president of primary care.
Cristine Rodriguez, R.N., will now oversee operations of all Metro Health-University of Michigan Health neighborhood outpatient centers across the area.
She has been director of operations, gastroenterology and endoscopy at Metro Health since 2017.
Dr. Rakesh Pai, Metro Health chief population health officer, said Rodriguez brings a multi-faceted perspective to the role, with extensive experience in business management and as a nurse who has practiced in emergency rooms and specialty offices.
“By combining business acumen with clinical expertise and human compassion, she is able to approach every challenge with tremendous creativity,” Pai said. “It’s not surprising she has risen quickly through the leadership ranks.”
Rodriguez pursued a nursing degree following a corporate finance career in the automotive and technology industries. She wears a bracelet to commemorate that professional change that says, “Take the risk.”
After earning her nursing degree at Ferris State University, she began to launch her clinical career in the emergency room.
She also holds a B.S. in business accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.
She has gained increasing levels of responsibility at several health organizations, including helping to establish and refine specialty service lines.
“I am first and foremost a patient advocate,” Rodriguez said. “When we are doing our jobs right, with the right systems in place, that work should appear almost effortless to the patient. It’s a matter of going the extra mile to do the things that matter to the patient and their family.”