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Leigh Wade, UNIX Administrator

Leigh Wade
Leigh shows off his motorcycle in his garage near Holton, Kansas. Photo by Earl Richardson
Name: Leigh Wade
Title: Administrator
Company Name: Stormont Vail Health
Company’s Function: Hospital
Headquarters: Topeka, Kansas
IT Experience: 5 years

What’s the biggest challenge facing your company today? Healthcare organizations in the U.S. are beginning to see a significant increase in the number of persons seeking care due to the rising average age of the population. Helping our caregivers leverage technology to “do more with less” is one of our most pressing and important challenges.

What do you think “the next big thing” for your business will be? For healthcare IT, the rise and integration of mHealth (mobile health) applications are going to add tremendous flexibility to the way patients and care providers interact. We’re getting very close to the point where patients will be able to access all of their health information securely, and in real-time, on their own handheld devices, 24-7.

What IBM product could your company not function without? IBM PowerHA* software is a critical part of our data availability.

Who’s been your greatest mentor? Darrin Smith is an old-school UNIX* guru and the senior UNIX admin at our organization. He has taught me an amazing amount just as a natural outgrowth of his own enthusiasm for the subject.

What’s your favorite part of your day and why? My favorite part of the day is waking up and doing an early pass through our garden, collecting the veggies that we’ll be eating that day.

What’s been your biggest accomplishment? I still look back on my graduation from Army basic training with a quiet sense of pride.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work? I own a Harley Davidson 2016 Softtail Slim and any chance I get, you’ll find me riding.

What superpower do you wish you had? Flight!

If money were no object, what would you purchase and why? I’d build a giant radio telescope like the Arecibo in Puerto Rico, right in the middle of Kansas. Then I’d build a badly hidden secret lair under it that everyone knew about.

What’s your favorite sound? My wife’s voice every morning.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? “Ride your own ride” from motorcycling, which means to grow at your own pace and don’t worry about the pressures around you urging you to take things faster than you're ready for.

Claire Walling is the managing editor of IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems edition.


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