As of August 2016, Signature Health in Ashtabula promoted a new Office Director, Mihaela Burtea. Mihaela started working at Signature Health in 2003, working with patients in the Partial Hospitalization Program, and has been a Registered Nurse for 16 years, bringing a great mix of skills and experience to her job. She is humble, kind-hearted, and hard working.
“I just like to help people,” she says with a smile on her face. Mihaela’s friends and coworkers say she is a nurse with a social worker’s heart.
Originally from a small village in Romania, eight miles from Dracula’s Castle, Mihaela is very proud of sharing her heritage. She was going to college for International Economics in Romania before coming to the United States. She graduated from Kent State University in 2000 with her RN degree. Coming full circle, Mihaela is currently enrolled at Urseline College for a Masters in Business Program for Healthcare Management. She hopes that her experience at Signature Health and what she learns at Urseline will complement each other in her growth, personally and professionally.
“I like people to grow, personally and professionally,” Mihaela says. “And I hope to have a role in the personal and professional growth of staff here. I believe we all work for the same team, and that is ‘team patient.’ We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the patients.” She knew through school that she wanted to be in the mental health field, to help those who needed treatment and who needed support to turn their lives around.
Mental health and substance abuse are the most stigmatized illnesses in today’s world, and Mihaela strives to be a role in breaking that stigma with patients. “I’m really happy I got to work with patients in the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP),” she explains. “It gave me a whole new understanding about mental illness. Seeing the patients every day and seeing the progress they make, just how much it can give them a different perspective on things.”
“I love Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It’s most rewarding when patients come up to you and say, ‘I had a hard time yesterday but I remembered what you said to me.’ It made a difference.” Mihaela says that the future of Signature Health is the staff and the patients, all the crayons in the coloring box. We may not like all the colors, but we must use them all to paint a beautiful picture together to give the best care to our patients.
“I just love people,” she exclaims. Mihaela will surely succeed in all of life’s challenges and what lies ahead. Her beautiful soul and optimism will play a big part in her future of working with us at Signature Heath and beyond.