Heart of MD Anderson Award Winner

Beatriz Rozo - Advance Practice Nurse

For Beatriz Rozo, even seven siblings aren’t enough. An advanced practice nurse at the Children's Cancer Hospital, she considers her co-workers and patients members of her family, too.

She goes out of her way to recognize colleagues’ and patients’ milestones, such as baby showers, high school graduations, proms, weddings and funerals, providing support to families in their time of great need.

“I really think that I was called to do this,” says Rozo. “The reason I love what I do is because of the children and their families. You become part of their journey, the ups and the downs.”

While working in an administrative position at MD Anderson, Rozo decided to volunteer as a Camp Star Trails counselor, and the experience cemented her decision to work in pediatric oncology.

“The kids teach me about courage and strength,” says Rozo. “The parents teach me about unconditional love and patience and to cherish every moment. I think I’m a better parent because of what my families teach me.”

It helps make her an outstanding employee, too. Rozo is May’s Heart of MD Anderson (VIDEO).

All in the family

Rozo’s older brother, a fellow MD Anderson employee, is proud of her recognition but can’t resist the opportunity to kid her.

“Honestly, I was wondering why it took her so long,” says Juan Castro, associate vice president for Financial Planning and Analysis and the June 2003 Heart of MD Anderson honoree. “I think it took me a little over a decade, and she’s approaching two decades.”

She makes the workplace a family environment for co-workers and patients.

Putting patients first

Whether it’s singing a pop song or dancing, Rozo has been known to do anything to get a laugh out of her patients. She loves helping them forget about their pain or discomfort.

“She is the heart of MD Anderson,” says Cynthia Herzog, M.D., a professor at the Children's Cancer Hospital. “It’s really people like her that make this place special.”