STEMM Idol: Michael Uhl

Taking advantages of opportunities helped Michael Uhl, the COO of Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, get to where he is today and where he’ll be in the future. Uhl shared what those opportunities were and how they didn’t necessarily coincide with his original career path when he spoke with students as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series last month.

“I wanted to be a DEA agent when I was a kid,” Uhl shared. “As a result of taking advantage of different opportunities and talking to individuals about different career paths, I think that put me in the route of professional nursing. That opened a lot of different opportunities for me, not just working on the bedside, but looking at other parts of the healthcare industry including management.”

Uhl credited his father’s diverse background of being a healthcare administrator and part-time police officer as part of the reason he got into healthcare.

“I took advantage of the opportunity to be a part-time firefighter and paramedic years ago and that gravitated me into nursing,” Uhl explained. “After spending many years at the bedside, I had an opportunity to be the department educator which flipped me into management. It gave me a whole new exposure from the clinical route.”

Uhl also mentioned that previously, his connections at former employers helped open some doors for his future.

“Every opportunity led me to where I am today, and I always found a way to make it work,” Uhl emphasized.

He also shared with students how recent technological advancements in hospitals are playing a large role in the future of healthcare.

“What we're doing today gets quickly outdated and there's new technology coming behind it,” noted Uhl. “Technology in healthcare is providing better consistency of care and making things easier to share information about patients. It's also helping provide safeguards for the patients. Things that we used to manually calculate or work through now can be done on a computer. I think it's helping continue evolve science behind healthcare and how we care for our patients, which in turn can increase longevity.” 

Posted December 7, 2016