Hoboken Girl of the Week: Dr. Meika {Chief Medical Officer at CarePoint Health}

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Local resident, doctor, Chief Medical Officer at CarePoint’s Hoboken University Medical Center — no big deal. Those are just some of the roles our Hoboken Girl of the Week plays…or should we say slays. You might recognize Dr. Meika as she writes several guest posts for Hoboken Girl {when we need a professional’s knowledge on medical topics, we are always so grateful for her!}, but now you’ll really get to know her. Read on to learn more about her career, her inspirations, and some of her favorite local spots, from the source herself:

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About Dr. Meika

I am the Chief Medical Officer, Senior Administrative Officer, and Chief Quality Officer at CarePoint Health – Hoboken University Medical Center. I am also the Medical Director of Hudson SPEAKS at CarePoint Health. Lastly, I am the Medical Director of Amazing Grace, a non-profit organization that is improving the health of women in children in Ghana, with an annual medical mission.

On What Inspires Her

My Dad. I live every day to make him proud of who I am. I want him to know that all of his hard work was not in vain.

Goals + Passions

I will always be a work in progress. This year I will be more patient and be more passionate. After all, what is there not to be passionate about in the Trump era. My main goal this year is to not be silent. Sometimes it’s too easy to walk out of a room or unfriend someone. But the lack of willingness to engage has gotten us to this point. See something, say something.

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A Typical Day in the Life

I am very lucky to live only blocks away from the hospital [in Hoboken]. So, I can roll out of bed and into the hospital lobby (completely coiffed) in 30 minutes. I review the hospital stats, solve problems and try to help with issues as they come. As a doctor, my patients are my customers but as an administrator, my customers are all the staff, the doctors, the nurses and the patients. Feeling appreciated for what I do and making someone else feel appreciated are my highs.

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Highlight of Her Career {So Far}

The highlight of my life so far… I don’t know if I have one. I have an amazing family and dogs. I think the highlight of my career at Hoboken University Medical Center was starting “Take Back the Night” with Kristie Damell from Stevens Hoboken Institute of Technology. This signature event has brought rape crisis awareness to the Hoboken community over the past four years bringing hundreds of marchers to share in the event.

I have led a very blessed and fortunate life. I have traveled around the world, as a student, a tourist and as a doctor.

What a Day Off is Like

I like to take walks with my husband and dogs. Sounds simple… but its really all I need.

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^One of Meika’s beautiful pups

Advice to Someone Wanting to Pursue the Same Career Path

I will be honest, brutally honest. Don’t wait so long to have kids. College, then medical school, then residency then I went back to graduate school…I didn’t start trying to have kids until my late 30s. My biggest regret was not focusing on my fertility until my late 30s, and by then it was too late.

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Hoboken + Jersey City Favorites

What is your favorite restaurant in Hoboken or Jersey City?

Antique Bakery.

What is your favorite boutique in Hoboken or Jersey City?

Pepper and Parlor.

What do you love most about Hoboken?

The people — it may take us over 1 hour just to walk around town… as we stop and talk. It makes you feel like Hoboken is not just a city, the city is a neighborhood.

What is your favorite thing to do in Hudson County?

Walk with the dogs at Liberty State Park, take my nephew to Liberty Science Center, Take my mom to the Chart House, have drinks on my friend’s rooftop, grab a bite with friends at Anthony Davids, Dance lessons with my husband at the Monroe Center.

How long have you lived and/or worked in Hoboken?

I have worked at Hoboken University Medical Center for 6 ½ years and I have lived in the area for 4 ½ years.

What is your favorite outdoor place to spend time in Hoboken?

I like drinking margaritas and people watching at East LA.

What is your favorite place to work out in Hudson County?

I have worked out at Retro, Club Pilates, Planet Fitness, personal training at Monroe Center, and Soul Cycle. I prefer running or biking from Hoboken to Jersey city, maybe by the train station.

Where do you go out with friends in the area?

I don’t really have my go to … I’ve been to Tutta Pesca, the W, Rooftop at Exchange Place, Light Horse Tavern, and Liberty House.

What is something you think needs to come to Hoboken or Jersey City? 

I truly appreciate the dying breed of the non-conglomerate mom and pop store. And I’m satisfied with what’s here. If what I want is not here in Hoboken or Jersey City, I can hop on the PATH, or take a ferry, or drive anywhere.

Anything else you’d like to share?

It has been a pleasure to work for Hoboken University Medical Center. I have watched this little engine grow over the past 6 years. It is a community hospital with a kick. I am proud of the high quality, high tech, and advanced specialty care that we provide.

Thanks for chatting with us, Dr. Meika! Stay tuned to see who we feature next week <3

 

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Briana is a born-and-raised Hoboken Girl who embraces both the new and old aspects of the Mile Square. She’s a freelance writer, works in social media, and more importantly (but not really) — a cat lover and total foodie. When she’s not working, she can be found convincing herself to buy something at Sephora or Target, eating mussels with her fiancé at Leo’s, or planning her next Disney vacation.