Heritage and Heroes Make a Winning Combination

Maria Vosper, administrative coordinator in the surgery department, shares the miracles she’s witnessed at the hospital in her 24 years on staff, and in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, what hope and heritage mean to her.

Maria Vosper, administrative coordinator in the surgery department

Maria Vosper, administrative coordinator in the surgery department

Published in Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital - Fall 2021

Maria Vosper is originally from Ecuador and began working at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital 24 years ago.

She started off in Food Service and after four years moved to a support role in the Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant department. Later she had the opportunity to join the surgery department as an administrative coordinator.

“Learning this new role was a completely different experience for me, but I have a great team and truly enjoy my job,” Vosper says.

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we check in with hospital staff for their views.

What is your favorite thing about working at the hospital?

My favorite thing is meeting everyday heroes who devote their careers to helping kids feel better every day. I have seen numerous miracles happen at this hospital over the years and I am so grateful to witness the impact on the community. Overall, I have found much satisfaction in working for a company that works hard to serve our patients, community and parents.

This year's Hispanic Heritage Month theme is Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope. What do heritage and hope mean to you?

Heritage and hope remind me of the struggles and hardships that people in countries less fortunate have to endure. Many Hispanic people come to the United States to seek opportunities and a better life for their families. They must work hard to sustain strength and hope. I am very proud of my Hispanic heritage and very grateful to be living in a county with freedom and opportunities.

Name a Hispanic American you admire or think people should learn more about.

I admire many, but the first one that comes to mind is NASA astronaut Ellen Ochoa. She was the first Hispanic woman to travel to space and was director of the Johnson Space Center. Her commitment and perseverance to reach her dream is inspiring and she is a true example that we can reach and exceed our goals if we are committed and motivated.

Tell us about what you do in a typical day.

My daily duties include being a resource for the peri-op services team to ensure that employees and physicians have a seamless flow in their daily requirements and routines, including scheduling and timecards. I also handle daily departmental and hospital questions to make sure our team has any resources they may need.