Meet Lisa Wielgomas, Director of Business Development, Castle Connolly Private Health Partners, LLC, a hospital focused on helping consumers find the best healthcare.
“Who goes from a waitress to an event planner to a teacher to a business development director?” Lisa did and found a job where she gets to help others. Growing up in Toms River, New Jersey, Lisa Wielgomas had a pretty normal upbringing living at the Jersey shore. She waitressed her way through college and became an event planner after where she planned weddings and events for a golf club for over 10 years. She then taught high school English as a teacher but after her divorce, had to leave to find a job that could pay well. She transitioned into healthcare, caring for seniors at an assisted living before joining a large hospital system working on community outreach for an integrative health and medicine program.
Back in 2019, Lisa was laid off, and as she expanded her job search to New York City, she found Castle Connolly Private Health Partners(CCPHP) and joined them as Director of Business Development. Her role involves helping physicians transition their business model into a concierge model, allowing them more time with their patients and a better work-life balance. Talking about the organization, she says, “We help physicians who may be struggling with their business model and their patients by allowing them to spend more time with patients. We also offer health coaching, which assists the physicians in helping keep people healthy and happy.“
The transition to this sector was not easy at the time. But it felt right in her heart, and Lisa decided to give it a shot. She feels that the career choice she made in the past prepared her for the role she is working in today and is the reason behind her success. It all makes sense now. Being a young female in a management position came with its own set of challenges. She had to manage a few people who were much older than her. They questioned her authority, but Wielgomas held her ground and developed leadership skills that helped her better connect with the employees.
The response towards their model has been quite positive. Their partner physicians are happy with the connectivity they get to their patients to cater to their needs better. Also, they appreciate the way health coaching can hold them accountable to lead healthier lives.
They say “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” But Lisa knew better and went with whatever felt right in her heart. A career change can become easier with time, but only if you are willing to put in the effort. And that is exactly what she did. She understood the mission at CCPHP and is now working to help as many healthcare providers as possible. Leaving an inspiring message for her readers, Lisa says, “Believe in yourself and allow the universe to do its work. Sometimes it’s best to let go and go with the flow. You just might wind up some place truly amazing.”