Announcing the

Woman of the Month

San Antonio women are making headlines daily as business owners, entrepreneurs, top management officers, and political leaders. So, here at San Antonio Woman Connect, we are selecting one of our city’s shining stars each month. These are the movers and shakers you need to know, and we are proud to honor their accomplishments as our

Denise Krajewski

Chief Nursing Officer, South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital

I always knew I wanted to be in healthcare and I had a passion for caring for others early on.

What do you like best about your job?
Every day is something new and it is always a challenge. I have the ability to positively impact the quality of patient care delivered at my facility.

What career path led you to where you are today?
When I was 12 years old my father had a heart attack and was hospitalized for several weeks. I was mesmerized by the excellent care he received and the teamwork between the nurses. It was then I decided to become a nurse. My first position was at Denver Children’s Hospital for 16 years. I was blessed to work with extremely supportive leaders in a wonderful environment which helped form the path to leadership for me.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always knew I wanted to be in healthcare and I had a passion for caring for others early on. I started in healthcare as a nurse’s aide when I was in high school.

What is the best advice you ever received?
Listen to everybody before you make up your own mind — when you listen, you learn.

What community or non-profit groups do you support?
Meals on Wheels, March of Dimes, ASPCA and Special Olympics.

What do you think makes being a “San Antonio Woman” so special?
It recognizes the unique talents we bring to the table in one of the best communities in the United States. It makes me proud that my accomplishments and leadership are recognized.

What do you do to relax outside of work?
My family loves the water — boating, fishing and jet skiing. Family fun in the sun is always very relaxing. I also enjoy landscaping and gardening.

What is your favorite event in San Antonio in the summer? Why?
The first day on Canyon Lake with my family because it is the first sign summer is here! We also spend time at the Botanical Gardens in June because it gives me ideas for my yard.

What is your favorite local San Antonio restaurant? Why?
Papasitos because it was the first place we went after we relocated here 14 years ago and it has been a family favorite ever since!

What is the most inspirational book you have read this year?
The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. It pushed me to be better than my excuses and has taught me a new way to push myself.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I own and manage a small real estate business working with rental properties and farmland in Nebraska and Arizona.

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