At Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we offer interpreter services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Today, we want to introduce you to one of our Spanish language interpreters, Cesar Gutierrez-Garcia. He joined Children’s about three years ago.
Why did you become an interpreter? Before working as an interpreter, I used to work at UPS. However, due to an accident I had because of lack of sleep due to the tough shifts I worked (10 p.m.-3 a.m. and later 3 a.m.-8 a.m.), my girlfriend encouraged me to work as an interpreter–a job where I could put my talents and skills to work and help people at the same time.
How did you decide to work in healthcare? I first started working as an interpreter through agencies. This gave me an opportunity to “taste” different environments such as school conferences, religious services that I would volunteer to interpret, minor legal cases and healthcare. From all these choices, I prefer to interpret religious services and healthcare. I have a passion for healthcare and find of great interest learning about everything that has to do with it. Working in different healthcare places and now at Children’s has fueled the passion and learning experience.
What do you love most about your job? The satisfaction of serving families and providers by providing them with the best service possible. If, when they enter the room they communicate directly with each other, forgetting the interpreter is present, I have done my job. I also love being exposed to the various clinics and learning about the different diseases, conditions and vocabulary and about the wonders of our bodies.
Do you have a favorite memory from working at Children’s? I don’t have a singular memory. There have been many memories that have been very pleasant. Usually, at Children’s, we interpret for parents, but there have been occasions when I have to interpret for children who do not speak English. This gives a special flavor to my job, being able to connect with those children in their own language.
If you’re at Jazzman’s Cafe & Bakery or Starz Cafe, what do you order? Being vegetarian and Mexican limits the options. However, besides getting a well prepared salad, which, by the way, I find very yummy, I get vegetable stir fry or a veggie burger. However, I wouldn’t mind trying tofu or soy dishes, lentils, eggplant, quinoa, couscous. A little bit more variety for vegetarians.
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