Mirna Orihuela, MBA
Manager of Post-Acute Networks
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital
Tell us a bit about yourself, your current position and your background.
I’m the Manager of Post-Acute Networks at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital. Prior to joining Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital I was the Interim Manager of Post-Acute and Detox Services.
I obtained my master’s in business administration from California Baptist University and my bachelor’s in Health Science from California State University, San Bernardino.
I’m a first-generation college graduate raised by a single mother. I’m originally from El Centro a small farming community in southern California.
When did you become a member?
Why did you decide to pursue a career in health administration?
My passion for healthcare began early on at the age of 6 years old, I was inspired by Doctors Without Borders providing free services to my community in Mexico. My journey in healthcare and giving back to my community began.
I discovered health administration during my term as Chapter President for Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) an international career and technical student organization. I had exposure to many talented healthcare providers and leaders from around the world. These talented individuals inspired me to consider giving back to my community and make a difference by being a leader and ensure high-quality care is provided.
Why did you join ACHE/HCE?
I discovered ACHE/HCE SoCal during my undergraduate education in 2013, we had a guest speaker (Mark Maramba) who spoke about the benefits of being a member and invited us to attend a networking event and meet people in the industry.
The people I meet there were welcoming, supportive, and inspiring. These individuals took me under their wings and helped me navigate the industry and different stages of my career and life. I wasn’t only a member but part of a healthcare family.
I’m very thankful for Ebi, Lodel, Mark, and Mario M.
What is the greatest benefit you have received from HCE so far?
The greatest benefit I have received from HCE has been meeting other members who share the same values and develop friendships during networking and educational events.
Who had influenced your career most?
Joe Avelino, CEO of College Medical Center influenced my career the most. He saw potential in me and gave me an opportunity as an early careerist to gain exposure in healthcare. During my time working at College Medical Center, I learned a lot about hospital operations and finance. Most importantly extremely supportive of me during my growth in the industry.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years, I see myself being part of a senior management team, obtaining my FACHE, teach and mentor future healthcare leaders, and be a speaker at Congress. Additionally, I see myself continuing to travel the world and sharing the experience with a life partner.
Do you have any good book/newsletter/podcast recommendations for other HCE members?
The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan: How to Take Charge, Build Your Team, and Get Immediate Results by George B. Bradt