Hello world, my name is Paul Wagle. I am a philosopher who creates, cultivates and communicates ideas that inspire change.
But I have not always been in this field. I am actually a pharmaceutical chemist by trade. That career track led me to do research for a couple pharmaceutical companies including Genentech and present my research at a National Chemistry Convention. However, my research was interrupted when I answered a call to discern my vocation in seminary.
I now work as a Manager of Mission Integration for Ascension-Via Christi in Wichita, Kansas. In this new role, I work to keep the Catholic identity at the heart of the healthcare culture by enhancing workplace spirituality and forming leaders and associates in organizational and clinical ethics.
This work seems to be the polar opposite of my training as a researcher, but the ability to act experimentally will critical for my success in this position. There is never a clear solution for an important challenge in our culture. We must be willing to fail in order to learn and create progress.
When I was looking for a new antibiotic for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, I could not be upset when an experiment failed. I learned from my failure and adjusted my next attempt to solve the problem. This same mentality will be critical to making progress to create an authentic Catholic culture in healthcare.
In this blog, I will be sharing some of the experiments and reflections. It is my hope that you find them helpful and engaging. I hope that this will be a dialogue, so please comment as you wish.
Paul Wagle, M.A.