Faces of Cedars-Sinai: Amanda Perry
Mar 27, 2020 Cedars-Sinai Staff
After 22 years of working in administration at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, Amanda Perry is passionate about preserving its legacy.
We sat down with Amanda to discuss her experiences throughout the years, the historical significance of the current hospital and her thoughts on the new facility set to open in 2025.
What has kept you working at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for so many years?
Amanda Perry: There is an undeniable family concept. Everybody embraces and looks out for each other without getting lost in the process.
There's a driving force here that makes you want to come to work, so you appreciate what you're doing. I feel accomplished and rewarded every day because I love this hospital.
What are you most excited to see in the new facility opening in 2025?
AP: I was here at the time when we were preparing for a proposed closing. During that time, there was a select group of us who watched employees at that time transition out in different directions while we elected to stay behind.
It was a tough time, but we wanted to make sure that, as they progressed with plans to close, it was carried out with respect for this little building.
I think the biggest lesson there was to realize miracles happen—look at the direction we're headed in right now. This hospital has always been the diamond in the rough. I think a lot about what is coming and when I can ride down Lincoln Boulevard and see the new, big, beautiful building.
For many, that is all they will see. I will always see this little two-level hospital with those three steps I came up every morning for 22 years and that door opening to let me in, and I will count my blessings.
Saying goodbye will be bittersweet, but this place is special. I am so thankful that we are now a part of Cedars-Sinai and we're doing what is essential because I would have hated to see it go.
Are there any valuable lessons you have learned at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital?
AP: This hospital has taught me how to find purpose and to reach out beyond myself; how to look for the need in others because everybody has one.
Reach out, give, be good, be kind and be gracious. That is the discipline at the foundation of this hospital.
What are your hopes for the future as we continue to grow and expand?
AP: I would hope as we move forward, we don't lose sight of why we're here and where we came from. Say something beautiful to your peers every day and enjoy the impact you are helping to make on people's lives.