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Women in STEAM – Emily Sledge

Emily Sledge | Arkansas Urology | Director, Centerview Surgery Center

Day at Work…One of my favorite attributes of healthcare is that no workday is typical. A few of my daily responsibilities include overseeing the staff and clinical operations of the surgery center as well as collaborating with ancillary departments for ways to improve care and workflows. I also work closely with our physicians and executives to ensure that we are offering the appropriate procedures for our patients, providing high-quality care, while remaining efficient and cost-effective.

Beginning Interests…In college I became increasingly aware of people graduating with degrees but unable to find work in their fields. I knew that nursing was a profession with opportunities, specialties and different levels of care that I could easily find something that suited me. That, coupled with my genuine love for helping people, made nursing an easy choice. After graduation, I began working in the operating room at an area hospital and knew that I had found my home.

Career Evolution…One of my first assignments as a new grad in the operating room was a robotic prostatectomy. I was instantly intrigued by the technology, which was in its early stages at that time, and pushed myself to learn more about the procedure and how it improved patient outcomes. That experience led me to join the hospital’s urology team, where I was involved in a variety of urological procedures on a daily basis. As my knowledge and experience level grew, I began transitioning out of direct patient care and into leadership.

Arkansas Urology Experience…Arkansas Urology has provided an opportunity for me to experience a new side of healthcare. We are challenged to think outside the box, and it is refreshing to find that change can be implemented instantly if needed. Arkansas Urology has also encouraged me to become an active member of the community by participating in programs and fundraisers that serve Arkansans.  

LOVE the Work …Each day presents a new challenge or learning opportunity, and I feel fortunate to be surrounded by people who are committed to learning and growing with me.

Surprising but True…These industries are constantly evolving. You may hold a position in the future that doesn’t exist today.

Advice…Never underestimate the power of a positive attitude and a strong work ethic. Negativity or unwillingness to put in extra effort will often stunt the professional growth of the most skilled and knowledgeable people.

These wonder women are redefining what “full STEAM ahead” means in Arkansas. With exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics – each reflects WIT (Women in Tech) and true grit for making the most of every opportunity. Here’s to the powHER of knowledge.

Photography by Sarah Oden

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