For the past 17 years, Grace Lozinski has practiced hospital-based internal medicine at Hoag Hospital. Her success has come from a belief that was instilled in her at a young age.
Raised in an immigrant family, Lozinski watched as her parents worked incredibly hard to provide a better life for her and her siblings. “They instilled not only a tireless work ethic, but a drive to achieve my utmost potential,” she says.
That potential came in the form of a career in the medical field. “Since childhood, I have always been curious with a keen interest in science, particularly biology,” she says. “In college, I pursued a degree in biochemistry and actually spent three years doing benchtop research in a molecular biology and virology lab with an incredible mentor, Dr. Jane Burns. Although I enjoyed the academic rigor of research, I couldn’t deny my innate empathetic and social nature that sought out a more humanistic and interpersonal career.”
It was during her time in college that Lozinski found the career path that best suited her nature. “I started volunteering at the UCSD Medical Center emergency room as a sophomore and was completely blown away by what I witnessed. It became crystal clear at that point that medicine was where my heart lay. It became impossible for me to walk away from the desire to help people in time of need.”
That desire to help those in a time of need is something that Lozinski has carried with her throughout her career. “I loved the intellectual challenge of what I witnessed, but more importantly, the ability to impact a life,” she says. “That sentiment carried me through medical school and through the trials and tribulations of my internal medicine residency.
“I am proud to work for an organization that is so dedicated to patient safety and the delivery of quality care. At every level, there is an overwhelming pride in the kind of care and experience we deliver. As CQO of Hoag, my commitment to the communities we serve is to ensure that the highest level of quality care is delivered in a safe environment. Hoag’s mission and philosophy fosters an environment and culture by which this goal can come to fruition.”
During the current pandemic, Lozinski and her colleagues at Hoag have continued to commit themselves to serving their community a high level of quality care. “The need for community-wide coordinated care has been recently brought into focus with COVID-19. Furthermore, it has reinforced the pivotal role that healthcare professionals serve in our society. Working alongside these dedicated people makes me proud of the profession I chose. They are the true heroes among us.”
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