Julie Grasha is the HR Assistant Manager for Concordia Visiting Nurses. She began her Concordia career in July of 2011. She told us that while she has held the same role for eight years, the role continues to evolve and that’s what she loves most about what she does – “each day is different!”
When asked to describe Concordia in one word, Julie said “caring.”
“Concordia has built its mission on the foundation of caring. Our team carries out this mission daily with our patients and residents; however, the idea of caring is often brought inward. Our team all cares for one another and I feel that is what sets Concordia apart and makes the organization a great place to work.”
Julie told us she chooses to work for Concordia for many reasons and elaborated on her top three.
“I support Concordia’s mission and their commitment to uphold it. Although I do not have hands-on care with our patients, I feel my job of hiring the direct care workers helps to contribute to upholding the values of our mission.”
She continued, “I also appreciate Concordia’s growth and stability. When I look at Concordia Visiting Nurses and our growth since I started, I find it absolutely amazing to see what we have done in such a short period of time. I love traveling to all of our office locations for staff meetings and employee events – it’s a great way to keep the face-to-face interaction with our ever-growing team!”
Lastly, Julie told us how important her team is to her.
“I have been so fortunate to work with such a great team in the Human Resource Department. My mentor and HR Manager for Concordia Visiting Nurses retired earlier this year and I’m happy that we’ve maintained our friendship and have regular evening walks. With her departure, we have welcomed new managers who have brought fresh ideas to our team, which is an absolute blessing. My other teammates are incredible and I love that we have one another’s backs and can cover for whomever without a bat of an eye.”
Julie’s said her favorite Concordia memory is our annual Christmas party.
“The Christmas parties are my favorite. It is great to have the opportunity to unwind from the hurry and scurry of the holiday season to reflect on the many gifts God has provided for us, and to be festive and merry with friends and co-workers!”
Julie spends the majority of her time outside of Concordia with her husband, Phil, and son, Kyle, at Kyle’s hockey games. He is on the Butler High School Varsity team and also plays for a travel team based out of Cranberry Township. Julie said she doesn’t have much down time between the games and practices, but that’s okay with her.
“I used to hate hockey but now my son has taught me the game and I absolutely love it!”
In the times of the year where hockey doesn’t take precedence, Julie enjoys reading, watching the soap opera The Young and the Restless (“I’ve been watching for 40 years now!”), and traveling with her family, especially to national parks.
Julie said that she is motivated to succeed due to her fear of failure.
“I do not like to let others down, and I do not like letting myself down either. The fear of failure is definitely my biggest motivator in striving to succeed.”
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