Singing out for a new ca­reer

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Beth Span­gler, a se­nior ra­dio­g­ra­pher at Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Ge­or­gia in Au­gusta, has al­ways had a pas­sion for mu­sic. Now she has a chance to leave her health­care ca­reer be­hind as she vies for a record­ing con­tract with United Artists Me­dia Group.

On the Oct. 20 episode of “The Voice,” Span­gler’s bat­tle duet of “I Turn to You” wasn’t strong enough to beat out com­peti­tor Mia Pfir­rman. But judge Gwen Ste­fani saved the 30-year-old from go­ing home when she used one of her “steals” to bring Span­gler on to Team Gwen from judge Adam Levine’s team.

Span­gler will now com­pete in the “knock­out” rounds, where she will still need to out­per­form her team­mates to move on to the fi­nals.

The Aiken, S.C., res­i­dent grew up in a fam­ily of mu­si­cians, and spent her time per­form­ing in church as well as at wed­dings and fu­ner­als. Her prac­ti­cal par­ents, how­ever, steered her to­ward a ca­reer in health­care.

“I just didn’t have the op­por­tu­ni­ties fall into place to grow into a ca­reer in mu­sic,” she said. But after her dad’s motorcycle ac­ci­dent in 2012, she re­al­ized that mu­sic is also a way to im­prove lives. Ac­cord­ing to the Au­gusta (Ga.) Chron­i­cle, Span­gler’s fa­ther lost a leg in the ac­ci­dent and she took a leave of ab­sence from the hos­pi­tal to care for him. “Be­ing by my dad’s side, I saw how badly he wanted to walk again,” Span­gler told the Chron­i­cle. “I wit­nessed his fight. I wit­nessed his ded­i­ca­tion. See­ing him set a goal and achieve it, that in­spired me to do the same.”

No mat­ter what hap­pens, Span­gler says her health­care days are prob­a­bly be­hind her. “Now that I’m out there, I don’t think I’ll go back to hos­pi­tals,” she said. “I’ve had that taste of do­ing what I love.”

Beth Span­gler will next com­pete in the “knock­out” rounds of “The Voice.”

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