I’ve been working at GE Healthcare X-ray tubes now for almost two years now. But when I first came to work here one of the things that I first noticed was how much the individuals derived a deep satisfaction out of their work. At least once a day when talking to people, especially the technicians on the floor, I would hear them say “we’re saving lives.” And at first I thought; “No, we are making x-ray tubes, Doctors then use our equipment to help save lives.” I know it’s pessimistic, but at the time I just didn’t get it. Most of the people who work here derive that joy from their work because they care about making a difference. Yes they all WORK, and care about getting a pay check, but it’s more than that. Don’t believe me? Watch this video that was shot at CT Headquarters, about 25 minutes from where I work.
When my mother was 16, long before I was born, her father died of Lymphoma. In the 1950’s diagnosing cancer was a far cry from the science it is today, and all too often the cancer was only detected once it was already too late. Today I work in a team of engineers who design a product that could have saved my Grandfather’s life. I never met the man, and while I’d be lying to say that I didn’t wish things were different, I am not filled with remorse when I think of what is and what was; only gratitude. Gratitude for all of the men and women who spent there carriers working to improve the field of medicine, diagnostics, and treatment, so that we could be where we are today. I am proud that in my own small way I can help make it so that someone else doesn’t have to lose their grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, brother, sister, spouse or child. The world is far from perfect and we will continue to loose loved ones to cancer and other diseases that in the future will be considered treatable. Which is why we should all do what we can to make a difference in our prospective fields.
When I saw this message from John Dineen earlier today it only confirmed what I already knew about the culture of the company I now work for. Nonetheless it is satisfying to hear how committed GE is to making a difference in patients’ lives. From the highest levels all the way down to the individual workers.