Spirit of Maryville 2019: Cy Woodrome, ’84

Cy WoodromeCy Woodrome has built a nontraditional career in a field dominated by traditional methods. Having previously earned an undergraduate degree in anatomy and physiology, Woodrome enrolled in Maryville’s Weekend and Evening College to become a cardiothoracic nurse. Later, as a working nurse, he earned a master’s degree in Health Systems Management elsewhere, spurring his next career change to health care management.

This path also led him to found a company that delivers health care in a nontraditional way: through remote cardiac patient monitoring. Mobilis Health provides Bluetooth-enabled kits (with components like blood pressure cuffs, finger probes and digital scales) that enable certified technicians to monitor a patient’s condition 24/7.

Woodrome feels the Dean’s Award recognizes and confirms the importance of nursing. But it also shows how nurses can think outside the box and apply their expertise to deliver high-quality health care in new and different ways. Another common theme throughout Woodrome’s career is his belief in altruism, which also harkens back to nursing. Nurses, he says, “carry it in their DNA.”