Alaina Maciá has a very compelling reason for joining the board of The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital: the desire to support the many unfunded health care needs of our community.
Alaina points out that an individual’s health is impacted by factors that start well before they enter the health care delivery system. These factors include education, employment, and access to fresh and nutritious food.
“Health care delivery systems have to move to communitybased models to achieve the goals of improving health care outcomes and the work the Foundation focuses on is helping to achieve that mission,” she says.
Serving on the board also gives her the opportunity to learn about the ongoing work at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine research labs.
“We have access to the researchers and physicians and hearing first-hand from them is such a privilege,” Alaina says. “In our current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially interesting to learn how the system has prepared St. Louis to respond.”
In addition, Alaina has special personal ties to both the hospital and Washington University.
“I delivered both of my girls, Arianna, 14, and Amara Maciá, 12, at Barnes-Jewish and had a wonderful experience.” she says. “I also had my first postundergraduate job at Washington University School of Medicine in the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology supporting a research scientist studying cancer through radiopharmaceutical imaging production. These experiences give me a special bond to our partners and help me appreciate the work being done there.”
Alaina is the president and CEO of Medical Transportation Management Inc., one of the nation’s largest non-emergency medical transportation brokers. It operates in 31 states and the District of Columbia and maintains call centers and offices across the United States. Since 2005, she has overseen the company’s growth from $30 million in annual revenue to nearly $600 million.
Actively involved in the St. Louis community, Alaina is a member of the Washington University Institute of Public Health National Council, the YPO (Young Presidents Council), and the St. Louis Regional Business Council.