Paula L. Grieb, R.N.
Community Health Manager
ProMedica Health System in the
ProMedica Continuing Care Services Corporation
1990 Owens Graduate
"If you come to Owens Community College, great things will happen for you!"
Profile of Excellence: Paula L. Grieb, R.N.
Owens Community College Alumna
Paula Grieb believes with an Owens education, a person can accomplish anything. "If you come to Owens Community College, great things will happen for you!" she says. Paula is a 1990 Owens graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in the Registered Nursing Program.
Paula began college in a nursing program offered at a large university. As she sat in her chemistry class with 250 other students, Paula felt like just a face in the crowd. She was sure of her career choice, but not of her college choice.
Instead of continuing at the university, Paula took a job as a medical assistant in a large family practice. In this position, she gained hands-on experiences not likely found in most offices. This 40-year-old practice still delivered babies, had diagnostic labs and x-ray facilities. Paula loved the direct patient care and after two years, was ready to return to school - at Owens - and earn her nursing pin.
Owens' nursing program was a perfect fit for Paula. "I was impressed with the extensive lab hours they offer," she remembers. "If you were struggling or just wanted to hone your skills, a lab was available."
After graduation, Paula worked full time as a Registered Nurse at the family practice where she started. After giving birth to twin boys, she transferred to a local hospital. "My nursing degree gave me the flexibility to work and still raise my children," Paula said. Twenty-two months later, a daughter was born. Paula continued her per diem schedule until her daughter entered the second grade, then she returned full time. As Paula explains it, "Good nurses never work just one job. The built-in flexibility breeds opportunity." The first such prospect was in corporate health.
Paula was asked, in concert with her hospital, to set up corporate wellness programs, perform case management for at-risk employees and design health plans that would impact the corporation's bottom line. Considering the escalating cost of healthcare, it was winning combination. This experience propelled Paula into a position with the Hylant Group's Health Strategies Division. Offered as a service to decrease their clients' healthcare claims, Paula crafted individual plans to achieve their clientele's goals.
From this, Paula was offered the Community Health Manager position for ProMedica, where, her focus would be representing ProMedica's presence in the Toledo community on health initiatives.
The first six months of the job, Paula and fellow co-worker, Marilyn Gravett, labored on a Federal grant initiative - which produced positive results. In fall 2002, ProMedica's Toledo Hospital was awarded a $450,000 grant to focus on cardiovascular disease prevention and detection. Paula's charge is to implement this program in a targeted Toledo area over the next three years. There are a number of partners participating in this community-based health project, but one key partner is close to Paula's heart - Owens Community College. Owens' students in the Health Technologies areas are completing screenings and assisting with education of the participants.
"I give Owens an A+ for their educational opportunities," says Paula. "When I graduated, I was well prepared to tackle all the opportunities that came my way."
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