When Greg gets on the fencing strip, he knows he's going to have three uninterrupted minutes of time. Once he and his opponent start the bout with a salute, nothing else matters. Just three minutes of moves to make touches, earn points and win. The goal is always the same: read your opponent to understand the exact move as quick as possible. When he's working with patients as a nurse practitioner, he takes the same steadfast approach: listen to his patient to get them what they need in the most efficient way possible. Whether he's ordering tests, reviewing labs or making the calls to get a patient seen by the right specialist, Greg perseveres at taking care of his patients in the best way possible. As he sees it, there's more than one way to reach a goal in medical care. And if anyone can get you where you need to be, we're pretty sure it's Greg.
How do you describe your job to family and friends?
My job as a nurse practitioner is pretty similar to what a physician's assistant would do, in terms of taking care of patients, assessing their needs and reviewing labs and x-rays.
What are the elements of your job you love?
What I enjoy most is being able to help people and get them to the right specialists. I like making sure they're taken care of not only in the right way, but also in a timely fashion.
What are some of the greatest challenges you need to take on in order to be successful in your role?
One of the greatest challenges being a nurse practitioner - or any health care provider—is getting the patient to the correct specialist in a timely fashion.
When you’re facing those challenges, what are some of your personal strengths and abilities that come into play?
My perseverance comes into play because I'm able to go through the system and make sure the staff is working for me to get the referrals done fast. It helps me get patients the care they need as soon as possible.
How do those same elements show up in the passions and interests you pursue outside of work?
Outside of work, I'm passionate about fencing. That takes perseverance as well because if you're down a couple touches or several points, you still have a chance to make it to the finish and defeat your opponent. You also have to be able to read the opponent and see what their next moves will be.
How does the work environment at UnitedHealth Group make the most of your talents and abilities?
Because of my experience, I have a lot of autonomy. UnitedHealth Group gives me a lot of leeway when deciding what I need to do for patients. In some cases that means I can take a really challenging situation and turn it around for someone.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I love riding horses and travelling.
If you weren’t working at UnitedHealth Group or doing what you do today, what would you be doing?
I think I would be an Oceanographer.
Luxury hotel or cabin?
What's your favorite movie and why?
Top Gun, I am a military guy so, of course, a military movie.
What are you most grateful for?
Friends and family.