ATLASpotlight, a column that introduces you to our Atlas Head Coaches. These Coaches have demonstrated exceptional work and leadership, and thus deserve the spotlight.
We are proud to present Zakai Perry as our featured Head Coach this quarter.
Zakai is the Head Coach at Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital, both in the resort community of Palm Springs, California. As a Head Coach he is a SPHM champion with a number of responsibilities. Zakai ensures that facilities are compliant with current legislative SPHM mandates as they pertain to activities, education, training and equipment from a programmatic approach. On top of these duties, he manages our on-site Lift Coaches and assures the delivery of the industry best practice and the Atlas concept of using the right piece of equipment, at the right time, for the right patient. Zakai is described as intelligent, resourceful, caring, and calm in the face of complex or stressful settings.
Richard Borden who serves as Head Coach at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles describes Zakai as follows: “The day I first met Zakai he was doing a Super User class at St. John's Health Center. One of the employees attending the class was giving Zakai a lot of push back from the first minute of the class. Zakai kept a calm, cool head and continued through the class, staying positive. Zakai did not let the worker’s confrontational approach influence his interaction with participants. By the end of the class, this employee was the last one to leave the class because she was so engaged with Zakai. By the end of the program the employee was laughing and joking with Zakai. Zakai made an advocate out of an adversary. This is the essence of Zakai Perry.
Zakai is a US Army veteran where his natural calm and critical approach was further sharpened as he served in the capacity of Health Care Specialist from 2000 – 2012. In 2013 Zakai earned a bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness from Ashford University. While at Ashford he was awarded membership into the SALUTE National Honor Society.
Mr. Perry’s colleagues and clients describe him as professional and positive. Lisa Kinsey, Tenet Health, explains that “Zakai demonstrates a true caring for not only our staff members, but for the patient. He is truly an asset to any team.” Trae Macdonald, Director of Territory Operations at Atlas Lift Tech says, “From day one, Zakai has impressed me with his drive and professionalism. It is easy to see how he sees his role as a Head Coach and the subsequent success of his facility as a key to the success of Atlas Lift Tech as a whole. He works tirelessly to grow and succeed in his personal life and he carries this trait to his work here with Atlas. I couldn’t be prouder to have him representing our company.”