Heloisa Sa Moreira
Heloisa Sa Moreira is
assistant to Dr. Lang, Chief Medical Officer and Dr.
Jensen, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Quality and
Safety in Hospital Administration.
She is Brazilian, therefore her native language is
Portuguese. She started learning English at an early age
because her parents emphasized foreign languages. Later
on she lived in France with her brother and learned
French. Then she married a man from Spain and learned
Spanish. So she fluently speaks three languages!
Heloisa received certification as a medical interpreter
2 years ago in order to be able to volunteer as an
interpreter for patients and their families.
Heloisa sees her role and interests as supporting
inclusion and diversity at UAMS. In offering interpreter
services, she helps raise the quality of patient care.
"It is very enriching to be involved with different
cultures and gain understanding of their roots and
needs," she said.
We are valuing diversity on campus by participating in
programs like our Interpreter Service. Heloisa observed
that people from all over the world come to UAMS - some
to work, some to be treated and some to study. Bridging
the gap of language is one of the ways to make someone
feel more "at home."
Personally, she feels that it is very rewarding to be
able to assist patients, families, students and
co-workers. It makes her job fuller and more meaningful.