Employee Spotlight: Rachel Acuna

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun, new way.

Rachel AcunaName:  Rachel Acuna, RN

Department: Medical

Title: Vaccine Outreach Nurse

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC? 

I started at HPC in March of 2022.

How did you get into your field of work?

I got into my field because I finally listened to my mother! She saw the caregiver in me before I figured it out.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

I speak and understand enough Spanish to get by around my husband’s family.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet.” -Edith Wharton

Rachel AcunaWhat values are important to you?

Values that are important to me are kindness, knowledge and empathy.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I worked as a roofer one summer during college. That’s 10 times harder than being a nurse!

What is on your “bucket” list?

I want to have a home on the coast in the Brittany region of France where I can spend time after I retire.

What is your favorite food?

I grew up in Tucson, Ariz. eating Sonoran-style Mexican food. It’s THE BEST!

What is your favorite movie?

“The Sound of Music”—I even named one of my dogs Julie Andrews!

What is your favorite hobby?

I love baking and reading. British mysteries are my favorite.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

Absolutely! I grew up with dogs and got my first of eight Dachshunds in 1995. My husband and I currently have four Dachshunds, three of which are rescues.