How did you begin your career in healthcare?
I have over 48 years of nursing and healthcare experience. I began my career in pediatrics and worked my way through nursing leadership roles. My senior leadership career began as the first administrator for The Methodist Hospital built in the outlying community of Sugar Land, Texas. Later, I moved into the long-term acute care arena as CEO for 8 years, then served as CEO of a rehab hospital.
My previous position was operations manager, III for a 50 physician multi-specialty outpatient clinic that is part of the Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group. I also served as the R.N. for Dr. Richard Robbins, chairman of the department of medicine and practicing endocrinologist specializing in thyroid cancer. At my departure Dr. Robbins announced the Joan Damon Simon Outstanding Medical Assistant of the Year Award, a tremendous honor.
Tell us more about your new role as CEO of Advanced Surgeons & Physicians Network (ASPN).
As the CEO of ASPN, I am responsible for three clinics and physician relations and development. Each clinic has a manager and I am charged with collaborating with management to run an efficient patient-friendly clinic. I also work with physicians to improve their clinic experience and ensure all documentation is done timely.
Tell us more about some of your other leadership roles.
I have been a member of the Endocrine Nurses Society for seven years and currently serving as past-president to support growth and educational opportunities for endocrine nurses. Additionally, I am very active with HBA Houston and have been helping to build the chapter since it began two years ago. As a leader on the HBA Houston programming committee, we have been thrilled to see the impact that our professional development events have had on our members, especially our inaugural HBA Houston panel discussion this year.
What are you passionate about?
People. I have always been passionate about patients, staff and providers. I pride myself in offering compassion and caring to all I encounter.
From HBA Houston
From the very beginning, Joan has been one of HBA Houston’s most active Ambassadors. Often people comment about learning of HBA Houston from Joan. Joan was recognized as the HBA Houston Honored Volunteer of the Month in February 2019. Joan was nominated for her commitment and many contributions as a volunteer for HBA Houston. She has demonstrated an amazing attitude, enthusiasm and initiative to help the chapter grow. Joan is married to Harold Simon and has four grown children and three precious grandchildren. Her hobbies include cooking, entertaining and karaoke.
Thank you, Joan, for your dedication to inspire and further the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare. HBA Houston would not be possible without the contributions of volunteers like Joan. She is an extraordinary volunteer that has played a significant role in building the HBA presence in Houston. We are lucky to have Joan as part of the team. Email Joan.