GIA SMITH: My name is Gia Smith. I am currently the CEO of American Specialty Health Care Group. What I enjoy most about my job is seeing patients coming at their worst, not knowing where they're going to go, and leave at their best.
Walden's mission of positive social change is what I live by. That's how I get up in the morning, that's what I use to go to work, that's what I use with my employees, that's what I use with our students, that's what I use with our patients. Change has to be positive.
KIM WARREN: When a patient comes in and they are on a ventilator, they can't speak, can't move, they've been in bed for 10, 20 days and three, four months later, they're actually speaking, eating, walking in the hallway, Gia loves to see a patient return to their optimal health.
GIA SMITH: My Walden degree in Leadership and Management encouraged me to take my career to the next level, to become a CEO. I don't think without that degree I would have felt empowered to take it to that level. I was exposed to not just nurses, but I was exposed to other executives and leaders. And it didn't just open doors in nursing.
KIM WARREN: I've seen Gia's transformation from a new grad nurse all the way up to a CEO. So just watching her grow makes me feel that I can walk in her footsteps.
GIA SMITH: My why is to inspire and encourage others to provide quality care.