James Spencer

Hospitals are a safer place because he is there.

NW Campus student James Spencer works as a clinical engineer for Cook Children’s Hospital.

“We are responsible for all routine maintenance and repairs of all the equipment in the building,” Spencer said.

He said 6,000-7,000 pieces of equipment is a large responsibility.

“My son got put into that hospital a year ago,” Spencer said. “Gave me a new perspective. My son is hooked up to this equipment I have been working on.”

He is still going to school, though.

“What I want to really work on is a robotic heart,” Spencer said. “[At work] I want to learn enough about the equipment to internalize it.”

So he plotted years ago to get a job that was connected to his dream, would support his family and let him go to school.

He still has many years and degrees ahead, but he is confident he will at least go somewhere.

“It’s just a goal,” Spencer said. “You aim high.”

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