“I am so proud to be recognized for something I enjoy doing and am even more proud to bring recognition to my second family at Baylor Health Care System and Baylor Irving who make it possible to do, what I do,” says Lucy Catala.
Since joining the Baylor Irving team in 2007, Catalá has provided executive oversight and support for the financial functions of Baylor Irving. She is responsible for the financial operations of the entire medical center.
“Lucy is an outstanding financial officer with a strong ability to manage and communicate very complex financial affairs, but also to effectively translate the same issues with clarity to non-financially trained staff,” says Cindy Schamp, FACHE, president, Baylor Medical Center at Irving.
Catalá loves working with the clinical staff, and helping everyone at every level of the organization understand how what they do everyday contributes to the financial well-being and success of the hospital.
Lucy Catala is truly committed to her team and to Baylor Health Care System. “Baylor’s commitment to people, whether you are a patient, family member, employee or physician is truly inspiring. I am so grateful to have found my way to Baylor Irving,” says Lucy. “The affinity that each of us at Baylor Irving has for one another is beyond compare. We are constantly looking out for each other and by virtue, the ultimate reason we are here, the community that we serve.”
She also has played an invaluable role in major initiatives at Baylor Irving—one of Baylor’s leased hospitals—including the negotiation of a new 35-year lease between Baylor and the Irving Hospital Authority in 2010. Her efforts helped ensure that the residents of Irving and surrounding communities will have access to quality health care for decades to come.
Serving as a minority business leader in the community and within Baylor, Lucy knows that it takes hard work and dedication to become a true leader. When asked what advice she could give others on becoming a strong leader, she said to start with a solid mentor.
“Make as many connections as you can and find a solid mentor. Give 200% every day and take nothing for granted. Make sure you are involved in different areas that will test your knowledge, beyond what is comfortable,” says Lucy.
Catalá will be honored with other Minority Business Leaders award recipients at a luncheon Feb. 7.