New Hires from DeVry take GE Healthcare Higher

New Hires from DeVry take GE Healthcare Higher

By DeVry University

The healthcare industry continues to show explosive growth: With 2012 as a baseline, it’s projected to add more than 4 million jobs through 2022—surpassing any other industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet the insatiable appetite doesn’t mean top employers, such as GE Healthcare, will compromise one iota on the employees they recruit. 

“We continually strive to find the best talent to drive innovation,” says Christine Eaton, a GE Healthcare HR Manager. And one of the places they find it: “DeVry University has constantly been a source of knowledgeable and forward-thinking graduates, and that’s why we partnered with them.” 

That partnership, in fact, goes back to 2000, and has produced outstanding results on both ends of the pipeline. The company constantly recruits undergrads as interns, though things hardly stop there. 

“When we hire DeVry grads, they come with a baseline technical skill set that translates very well to our field service background—one that we can easily build on,” says Michael Reed, Director of Business Operations at GE Healthcare and based in Waukesha, Wisc. 

Another big plus of the connection is that “as technology changes, DeVry changes with it.” Reed cites information technology as an example: “Ten to 15 years ago, you didn’t have a lot of devices in a hospital that were connected to each other. Today, everything sits in a network. DeVry makes sure their curriculum is based on what’s happening in the real world.” 

Reed should know about how the school pivots with each new engineering wrinkle: He’s a 1986 DeVry graduate. He’s also witnessed the success of employees such as Jose Robles, who graduated in 2001 from the Addison campus. Today, he’s a Modality Service Engineer, and his work takes him all over the Greater Chicagoland area to make sure equipment from MRI scanners to ultrasound machines run at peak performance. 

Besides the superior engineering training, “DeVry taught me how to prioritize needs,” Robles says. “To succeed at GE Healthcare, you have to be administrative, technical and communicate well. You have to multitask a lot; we’ll handle several accounts with various needs. So learning those skills at DeVry allowed me to get to where I am now. It was a great experience—a life changing experience.” 

And from there, Robles has gone on to make a difference through his post with GE Healthcare. 

“The work as I see it is life changing, too,” he notes. “A doctor’s going to read those MRI or ultrasound images and determine what kind of choices a person will have and how to plan accordingly. We take a lot of pride in our work and in our service—to give 100 percent to help our customers help care for patients.”   ________________________________________________________________________________________

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, December 2015