Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital recently welcomed Kelsey Gonzalez in the role of Project Manager for Infection Control, Clinical Compliance and Patient Safety.
Gonzalez is a 2021 graduate of UMass Lowell where she earned her bachelor of science degree in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health and Health Promotion. During her time at UMass, she founded the 46th chapter of Alpha Alpha Alpha, a national honor society for first generation college students. A child of immigrants from Guatemala, Gonzalez used her fluency in Spanish while studying abroad in Valencia, Spain. “That’s where my experience with public health comes from,” she explains. “I worked with refugees as a health education intern. I also gained clinical experience there as a medical intern at a private hospital.”
Gonzalez returned from abroad just as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. Wanting to give back, she worked as a contact tracer for Partners in Health. In that role, she discovered a passion for infection control. She also has experience working for Well, a tech start-up that uses monetary reward to incentivize people to improve their health.
Of her new role at BWFH, Gonzalez says she is ready to jump right in. “I’m eager to learn,” she says. “Right now, I’m trying to get my feet wet and learn the different systems that are used.”
So far, she is very happy with her decision to join the Patient Safety, Quality, Infection Control and Accreditation team. “It’s a blessing to be able to work here,” she says. “Everyone wants you to grow, personally and professionally.”
When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, but travel is her greatest passion. As travel restrictions begin to lift, she looks forward to planning her next trip. “I’m leaning toward Thailand, Singapore or Indonesia,” she says.
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