A Mental Health Advocate with a Drive to Help Others

We have finally made it at the halfway point of the year, but unfortunately, coronavirus doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. However, positivity is always in supply here at KPG Healthcare and our next employee spotlight is just that – positive. This month we are highlighting someone from our Allied Professionals division who his originally from Italy and has been with us for a year and a half. Allow us to introduce, Luciano!

Ciao Luciano!

Luciano was born in a small town named Arielli, Italy, which is close to the Adriatic Sea. During his early childhood, he would go back and forth between the United States and Italy until his family decided to settle down in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in 2000. Luciano then graduated with a degree in Psychology from Stockton University where he also participated in intramural sports and joined a fraternity.

During college, Luciano set the goal of attending medical school as this was a career his parents wanted for him, but “quickly dissolved in a year or two of school,” said Luciano. Once he realized medical school wasn’t his goal, he turned his attention to the mental health field where he found helping others to be rewarding, but “when I graduated I needed to find something I enjoyed doing and recruiting seemed like a perfect fit.”

After graduating from Stockton University, Luciano recruited individuals in the IT field for a few years before wanting to transition into the healthcare field. He found KPG Healthcare on Indeed where he was eventually hired as a recruiter for the Allied Professionals team. “Working for KPG is fantastic,” Luciano said, “besides having a close team to bounce ideas off of and work together with, our director team is always there when you need something.”

As a recruiter, Luciano finds helping people achieve their goals by traveling to new places or visiting new hospitals that aren’t typically the most known to be some of the most rewarding aspects of his job. Being a recruiter, you have to be just as prepared for the unexpected as you are to welcome the positive change a recruiter can create. Timing, like scheduling calls, with new candidates, is one of the biggest challenges Luciano faces as a recruiter.

“Challenges you can face as a recruiter could be something as simple as timing when you work with newer individuals,” Luciano explained, “sometimes their schedule doesn’t match up with yours.” However, Luciano finds constant communication with candidates is the key to overcome any challenge he may face, whether that communication is small talk or assignment searching. Luciano is also a mental health advocate and utilizes his knowledge of mental health by understanding what is most important to his candidates by uncovering their assignment expectations and goals to establish a healthy working relationship.

One of the great things Luciano has done during the COVID-19 pandemic finds providing weekly updates to his candidates is the key to success. “I find myself talking to my clients more and more lately, even if it’s a quick conversation asking how they are feeling,” Luciano explained. Luciano even takes the extra step in care for his candidates by calling facilities to ask how they were providing clinicians the proper protection against the virus.

As Luciano continues in his role as an Allied Professional Recruiter, he hopes to continue working with the great candidates he’s been working with for the past few months to support them and help them accomplish their goals. Above all else, he wishes for his candidates to find happiness in their environments. He also mentioned helping his fellow team members with some tips and tricks on what worked for him.

Outside of recruiters, you’ll most likely find Luciano participating in outdoor activities like hiking, outdoor sports, skiing, or his current “oasis,” golf. Golf has been his go-to sport every weekend since he was 18-years-old. Other than outdoor activities, he also dabbles in piano and guitar during his free time.

Luciano, from all of us here at KPG HQ, keep up all the great work you’re doing in New Jersey. We appreciate all the hard work and dedication you put toward your role here with us. Mental health is important and we are happy that you consider that when communicating with candidates.

Luciano’s Dream Travel Destination: Italy! “I would love to go back and utilize my time to visit all other European countries I never visited prior.”

Top 3 Things to do in New Jersey:

  1. Golf – 18 holes
  2. Enjoy the beaches/boardwalk
  3. Hiking