Meet Kristen Ely

Meet Kristen Ely

Thursday Mar. 14, 2019
Meet Kristen Ely

Kristen Ely has been supporting families at Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Center as a social worker for the past 13 years.

Meet Kristen

Name: Kristen Ely, MSW, Patient-Centered Medical Home Quality Manager

Years at Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Center (CDTC):13

What I do at CDTC:
I manage two medical care management grant programs at CDTC – Lift a Child to Health (LCH) and Transitioning Adolescents Forward Into Tomorrow (TAFT). I also manage the ongoing recognition requirements and quality efforts necessary to maintain CDTC’s Patient-Centered Medical Home certification.

What motivates me to come to work each day: What I love about my job is the variety in my everyday work experience.  I maintain a caseload, which gives me a direct connection to the families CDTC serves every day. Over the years I have worked in or with every department at the Center, and I can truly say that my connection with my colleagues inspires me to work harder and aim higher every single day.

My favorite CDTC moment: I can’t pick just one – there are too many.  Every year I look the most forward to CDTC’s annual fundraiser – the Waterway Soiree.  For me, it is the must-attend event of the year!

Some advice I’d give to a new employee just starting their career in healthcare: I stress the importance of having a good work-life balance to every newcomer I encounter.  If we do not take care of ourselves first, how will we be able to help the patients and families we serve?  It’s like they say in the airplane speech before take-off – put the mask on yourself first before helping others.

How I like to relax: Brunch with family or friends might just be the best stress reliever.

What I’m most proud of personally or professionally: Marrying my husband and the life we have created together will always be my biggest life accomplishment.  We have a son who is almost three and  another baby on the way.  We are very blessed. 

What’s on my music playlist: Anyone who knows me at all can tell you that – Dave Matthews!

If I could have dinner with anyone in the world, alive or dead, it would be:  I would have a nice family dinner with my late great-grandparents so that they could meet my husband.  During one of my last conversations with my great-grandmother she promised to send me a man worthy of marrying that she would approve of.  She kept her promise!


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