Health system puts staff members in the spotlight


Atrium Health employees seek to put their talents on display at work and on the stage.

Every year, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based nonprofit health system invites its 70,000 staff members to participate in a talent show, “Atrium Health Has Talent.” Clinicians, administrative staff, leadership and other team members come together from across the 40-hospital system to showcase their skills.

“It’s an event that allows [staff] to bring their whole selves to work and show another part of who they are,” said Fernando Little, Atrium Health’s enterprise chief diversity officer. Little, an avid piano player, was the show’s first winner when it debuted in 2004.

More than 100 healthcare workers audition regionally each year and about a dozen advance to the finale, where the system uses a professional recording studio and collaborates with producers and makeup artists.

Since the pandemic, the event has pivoted to a virtual production. Little said the show is gaining more attention in the communities the health system serves and beyond, since it’s available for anyone to watch online. This year’s two-hour long grand finale, held in the summer, garnered more than 5,000 views within three months on YouTube. Talent included singers, guitar players, dancers and even an aerialist.

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