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Name: Tanya Andricks

Occupation: CEO at Crossing Healthcare

1. Where did you grow up, and where did you go to college?

I was born in Arkansas City, Kansas. When I was 5 years old, the flour mill that my father worked at was purchased by ADM and he was transferred to Decatur. Our family moved to Mount Zion, and that is where I graduated from high school. I received my bachelor's degree in nursing from Millikin University. As an adult, I went back to school for my master's degree in health care administration from Ohio University.

2. What got you interested in health care?

My mom tells me I was always drawing wounds with markers on my dolls as a kid so I could put Band-aids on them, so I think the interest was there from a very young age. With that said, I had a biology teacher in high school named Mrs. Hogan who sparked my interest in health care and nursing. I entered Millikin at the age of 18 as a declared nursing major and have never regretted that decision.

3. How long have you been at Crossing Healthcare, and what are benefits of your career?

I have been a nurse since 1995 and worked the majority of my nursing career in various roles at Decatur Memorial Hospital. Five years ago, I accepted the leadership role at  Community Health Improvement Center now known as Crossing Healthcare. The benefits to my career are almost too numerous to list. I love what I do every day and I am grateful to work with a team of remarkable and talented people. I get to be one of the helpers in our community and that is a privilege.

4. What challenges do you face?

The challenges that my team and I are facing now are directly related to significant opportunity so to voice them would seem wrong. I will say that like most people try very hard to stay present wherever I am and focus on the things and people in front of me. It’s easy to get lost in your own head and preoccupied with your own to do list and miss what’s happening right in front of you, and I try very hard not to do that.

5. What do you like to do in your free time?

I have four kids ages 22, 21, 12, and 9, so when I am not at Crossing I am usually doing what moms do — going to activities or ballgames. I like to jog and read as well.

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