As Chief Operations Officer at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Health Centers in Martinez, CA, Timothy Thompson-Cook is a busy healthcare professional.
For Thompson-Cook, an Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area 2012 graduate of the Master of Business Administration in Business Administration program with a concentration in Healthcare Administration, success in his job depends on his ability to be flexible and adapt to a constantly changing environment. That flexibility and adaptability were skills Thompson-Cook mastered in the United States Navy. Thompson-Cook joined the armed forces in 1985 and served in both active duty and reservist capacities until 2001. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.
During his time in the military, Thompson-Cook earned associate’s degrees in Radiologic Sciences and Liberal Arts from San Diego Mesa Community College. He studied biology, chemistry and psychology while attending San Diego State University (SDSU). While attending SDSU, Thompson-Cook received two separate National Instittue of Health grants to conduct AIDS research in Kampala, Uganda during the summers of 1999 and 2000. Despite becoming a MARC Scholar (Minority Access to Research Careers) and continuing research, Thompson-Cook took a leave from SDSU to become a traveling Radiologic Technologist. In 2009, he returned to his educational roots and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area in 2010.
Professionally, Thompson-Cook has continued to serve in numerous healthcare and leadership roles while pursuing his education, including having served as Chief Radiologic Technologist at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and Manager of Radiology Operations at San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). While pursuing his master’s degree at Argosy University San Francisco Bay Area, he was selected for a full-time Fellowship in Lean at California Pacific Medical Center and was ultimately selected as one of two Lean Fellows for a one-year assignment which he completed in March 2012.
“Argosy University challenged me to question and push back against doubts which had me convinced that earning a graduate degree would be virtually impossible with my demanding personal and professional life,” says Thompson-Cook. “I genuinely felt like they believed in my potential, sometimes, more than I did. Furthermore, at moments when I felt exhausted, they seemed to be right there to offer encouraging words and reminded me just how close I was to finishing.”
Thompson-Cook is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives as well as the American Society of Radiologic Technologists where he maintains both his national certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and California Radiologic Technologists.
When asked what advice he would give current students, Thompson-Cook shared a quote from Michelangelo Buonarroti, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
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