July 16, 2020
Health Care By the Numbers
Gretchen Regina, manager, Finance, UPMC Wellsboro, gives an inside look to her career.
Joined UPMC: 2013
What made you choose the career you are in?
- In college, I participated in a mass communications internship in Washington D.C. and realized I didn’t want to live in a big city — where many of the jobs in this field are located. I had a professor that encouraged me to pursue my minor in business with a focus on accounting. I enjoy the attention to detail that accounting requires. You could say I am a perfectionist at heart, so it is a good fit.
Did you plan to work in a health care field? If yes, why did you choose health care? Why did you choose UPMC? If no, what made you choose health care? What made you choose UPMC?
- No, I didn’t start out with a plan to work in health care. Accounting gives you the opportunity to work in many different fields. I have experience being an accountant in industry for a manufacturer, a certified public accountant, an accountant in retail, and finally an accountant for a non-profit, UPMC. UPMC Wellsboro is in my hometown and a wonderful place to raise a family. I am grateful to work as an accountant for UPMC and see all the great things it offers our community.
What is your educational background/experience?
- I have a mass communications degree from Susquehanna University with a minor in business, a master’s in business with a concentration in accounting, and I have my CPA license.
What has been your greatest accomplishment, or something you are most proud of?
- I am most proud of my daughters, ages 11 and 16. They are both smart, kind, and funny.
If you could give one piece of advice to students interested in a career field similar to yours, what would it be?
- Accounting isn’t for everyone. Accountants must have a strong attention to detail.
- Proofread your resume. A typo on a resume can be a deal breaker in a field where details matter.