Meet Dr. Jones' Administrative Assistant
By Christie Roy
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center staff
As the invaluable administrative assistant to the Director of the Weight Loss Surgery Center team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Mia Saimeri enjoys working closely with Dr. Daniel Jones’ patients and being a part of their positive journey to better health and well-being.
“I help patients schedule all their appointments and work with insurance companies to obtain surgery authorizations,” explains Mia, “but when a patient first comes into our office, I want to make them feel as comfortable as possible at that moment and throughout the bariatric process.”
Mia, who holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Springfield College, joined the Weight Loss Surgery Center in mid-2014 after working as a manager of her family’s business, All American Gymnastics Academy. While it was certainly a change in working environment, she quickly took to her new role; her positive attitude and efforts have been recognized by colleagues.
“What interested me most in coming to BIDMC was the comforting atmosphere, and I’ve found that there are always people willing and ready to help you learn,” Mia says. “I work with the best bariatric team. I even received a Department of Surgery award last year for going ‘above and beyond,’ and it felt great to be acknowledged that way. We really work our hardest to help our patients achieve success every day.”
Day in and day out, Mia is determined for her engagement with Dr. Jones’ patients to have a positive impact on each of their lives.
“When I’m setting up a patient’s surgery, I want them to know they are going to be cared for in the right way,” she says. “And, after they have surgery, I want to make sure they know that I and the other members of the team are there to answer any questions or concerns they may have. All of us here — clinicians, administrators, everyone — we all have that same goal of helping our patients achieve success on their new journey.”
In her free time, Mia loves seeing and spending time with family — including her new baby cousins.
“I’m very fortunate to have a big Italian family where there is plenty of love to go around,” she says.
Exercise is also important to Mia — she credits growing up as a gymnast, and taking up pole vaulting in college, with teaching her discipline and how to live a healthy lifestyle. But in all facets of her life, whether she’s scheduling a surgery or tumbling at the gym, Mia keeps one word in the back of her mind.
“Positivity,” she says. “Positivity is key. No matter what, you have to keep your chin up and keep working hard.”