Meet Carol Wood
5-minutes with DAP Health’s Chief of Clinical Operations at DAP Health
Carol Wood is the Chief of Clinical Operations at DAP Health. A registered nurse, Wood had a long career in healthcare leadership before joining DAP Health in 2017.
Born in Canada, Wood moved with her family to California when she was 3 years old. She grew up in Whittier and moved to Hemet in 1989. While raising her two children, Wood held executive leadership positions in acute care, skilled nursing, home health, hospice, and graduate medical education.
What she likes most about working at DAP Health.
To me, there are so many opportunities for us to help our patients. I learn something every day. There is some amazing work being done, things I didn’t even know about until I started working here. I still have some empty file cards in my head so until they are all filled up, I’ll just keep working. If I wasn’t working at DAP Health, I’d be retired, but I love what I’m doing here.
When she’s not at DAP Health.
I’m basically a homebody. I love to read, listen to music, and be with my family. My daughter had our first grandchild in March so I look forward to spending time with my granddaughter, but I like to read. I read a lot. I remember my son saying to me, “You know why I like to read books? It’s like watching a movie in your head.” And I said, yeah!
Her favorite book.
I’ve probably read every book James Mitchner ever wrote but Hawaii is my all-time favorite. I’ve read it 3 times.
Her personal philosophy.
I’ve had a theory for many, many years: If my worrying cannot effect change, then I’m not going to worry about it. Then all I’ll get is a headache. What’s the point of fussing and worrying and fretting over something you cannot change? So, figure out how you can deal with it. Is it that important? If I can make a difference and it’s worth me fretting, then I will fret and I will make a difference.
Her dream career.
I would’ve been a singer. I did some semi-professional singing with the Chorale Bel Canto which still performs around Southern California. I also sang in the Whittier High School Cardinal Ensemble. I won Outstanding Female Vocalist and earned the Bank of America Achievement Award in music in my senior year. The thing with music for me is that almost every song reminds me of something. It takes me back to either a moment or a place or an experience or a time. Music can be very meaningful. It can make you laugh. It can make you cry. I have an hour's drive [to and from DAP health] so I just keep the music going all the way there and all the way home.
Her Ideal escape.
I love the mountains. I don’t like hot weather at all. I love cold weather. My bucket list trip is an Alaskan cruise. I’d also love to take the train ride across Canada. I really want to do that.