Get to know: Bradley Menda

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Bradley Menda is a Senior Program Manager for the clinical informatics team and is located in San Francisco, California. He has served our ministry since 2009.

How do you see your work within CommonSpirit Health helping to fulfill the organization's mission and vision?
I currently work for the National Clinical Informatics team. Our work focuses on implementing and optimizing the clinical technology in use by our bedside caregivers. We work with both clinical business leaders and Information Technology to accomplish this goal. Although we do not provide direct patient care, I’d like to hope that the work that we do has a positive impact on our caregivers and patients.

What does the sustainability fund mean to you and why is it important to support it?
Prior to the pandemic, I traveled to our hospitals for project work; this gave me the opportunity to see and appreciate the sustainability efforts in our local hospitals. One thing that impressed me was the Community Garden at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. The garden provides the Santa Cruz community access to fresh produce. Staffed by a gardener and volunteers, the garden is a wonderful example of how we can care for the earth and provide needed nutritional resources for our local communities. The sustainability fund allows grass-roots programs like this to flourish and spread, positively impacting our communities, while at the same time respecting and honoring the Earth.

Why do you give to the organization?
My decision to give is two-fold: first, to support causes and initiatives that benefit the community, and second, to show support for the organization’s desire to make positive changes for under-represented groups/communities. I can rest assured that my contribution, no matter the amount, will be pooled with other donations and together, we can make a difference.

What does gratitude mean to you and does it play a role in why you give?
Gratitude encourages me to think about my life and be thankful for all of the sacrifices that others have made to get me where I am today. It reminds me to not take things for granted. It makes me acknowledge the inequities that exist within our society and pushes me to give to support others in need.

What is your fondest memory of working at CommonSpirit Health?
As a remote employee, some of the greatest memories that I have are from being onsite with other team members during our early Electronic Health Record go-lives. It was the culmination of months and months of work. Seeing the final product in action with fellow team members and end users was a rewarding experience.

What is one fun fact that others might not know about you?
I can spend hours in front of the TV watching K-Dramas.