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Christopher Colburn admits that back in May 2000 when he joined the U.S. Navy, some of his reasons were what he now calls “purely selfish” – like getting money for college. (Hey – who can blame him?!) However, after the events of 9/11, Chris found a purpose in serving his country and a renewed perspective that has stayed with him.
Serving until 2005 in places like Pensacola’s Naval Hospital, the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, and the Naval Aviation Survival Training Center in San Diego, Chris says he was ingrained with everything that makes him the man he is today: effective communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem-solving, critical observation, and conflict resolution.
His passion for service thrives now as an LVN/LPN at Norris Cancer Hospital, although he does note some differences that can be frustrating. “The insurance company red tape that one must go through to get medications and treatments for our patients – in the Navy, if it was ordered, it was done. No forms, no prior authorizations, no hours on the phone to get something covered.” Chris adds that civilian healthcare might have a few things to learn from the military on how to be more efficient.
Christopher is proud to work for USC, and USC is proud Christoper is a part of the Trojan family!
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