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Healthcare In Just A Few Words

Written by  OurHealth Magazine

Not many people work in a profession that requires them to dedicate their lives to helping others like the field of healthcare does. During national healthcare recognition, we have challenged people to sum up in a few words the impact their profession means to them and how important it is for their community.  

 

Working in healthcare makes me feel effective.

"Working in healthcare makes me feel like I can make a difference."

Colleen Mitchell
Blacksburg Eye

I choose to work in healthcare because of people.

"At some point in every person’s life they require healthcare services of one type or another. I choose to work in home health because of the personal relationships that you can develop with the patients you see.  They require care of every spectrum, physical, mental and psychosocial. You could be helping them to heal wounds at one visit and helping them figure out where their groceries will be coming from in the next visit. You visit them in their home, see their circumstances, good or bad, and as their advocate do all that you can for them in the time you have to spend with them. You brighten their day, heal their wounds, teach them, understand them and love them as though they were your own."

Chasity Blair, Director of Nursing
Interim Healthcare

What I love most about my job in healthcare is interaction.

"What I love most about my job in healthcare is my daily interaction with patients and the relationships I form with them."

Elliot Fred, DO
LewisGale

"The joy and excitement when I tell a patient that she is pregnant. As a doctor who specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, I see many patients who have been trying for a long time to have a family. Infertility is a very lonely and isolating diagnosis, and it can make people feel sad and guilty that they are not able to become pregnant when they thought that it would be easy. I strive to help patients have hope and optimism as they face the struggle of infertility. It is important for me to help patients gain answers about why they are not conceiving, because this knowledge can help them use specific treatments to increase their chances of pregnancy.  My partners and I have many years of experience using medications, insemination, and in vitro fertilization (IVF), to lead to success. In the past 30 years, Reproductive Medicine & Surgery Center of Virginia has helped over 1,000 patients in the region have babies through IVF, and there are thousands and thousands more patients who have become pregnant with other treatments that we can offer. I have the most amazing job in the world and am so honored to help people fulfill their dreams of having a baby."

Laura P. Smith MD, FACOG, SREI
Reproductive Medicine & Surgery Center of Virginia, PLC

After a challenging day, I am reminded to be thankful.

“After a challenging day, I am reminded of just how much of an impact we as physicians make in our patients’ lives.  Being an oncologist I am also reminded to not take life for granted and be thankful for every day being alive.”

Andrew Fintel, MD
Blue Ridge Cancer Care

My most memorable day working in healthcare was rewarding.

"My most memorable day working in healthcare was preparing my first ACL graft. While I wish an injury upon no one, it is really a rewarding experience to be able to basically recreate and make something new for a patient so he or she can heal. As with any injury and recovery process, I always enjoy the follow up visits to discuss and witness the milestones that are achieved."

Mary Elizabeth Tekesky, PA-C
LewisGale

"Having the honor to treat soldiers injured in Iraq during a mass casualty and seeing how brave and courageous our men and women are."

Michael Simpson, DO
LewisGale

One of the most important lessons I have learned working in healthcare has been the power of collaboration.

"One of the most important lessons that I have learned working in healthcare has been the power of collaboration in addressing health disparities. It has been incredible to see the entire community united behind a shared vision of service and health improvement for our most vulnerable populations. When we work together, we can accomplish so much as a community!"

Aaron M. H. Boush
Community Outreach Manager
Carilion Clinic

The character trait I have most developed during my job in healthcare is communicator.

"The character trait I have most developed during my job in healthcare is being an effective communicator. The healthcare industry is a fast paced and ever changing environment that requires clear, honest and timely communication in order to deliver quality care for those we are fortunate to serve."

Jessica Walters, MHA, LNHA
Administrator
Friendship Health – Rehab South 

My job in healthcare has helped me in my life outside of work by experiencing compassion.

My job in healthcare has helped me in my life outside of work by making me aware of the needs of others on a daily basis. Everyone has a unique set of needs, and I try to make myself available whether that be a listening ear or helping hand. I am passionate about serving others, and this is why I chose to go into the healthcare profession.  I try to apply this to both my personal and professional life.

Mary Elizabeth Tekesky, PA-C
LewisGale

Everyday, I start my job thankful for the trust people have in me.

Every day, I start my job thankful for the trust my patients and coworkers have in me.  Every day has its challenges and rewards as we work together to solve problems and promote good health. My greatest joy is to see patients embrace healthy lifestyle changes.

Katherine Barnhill, NP-C
Physician Associates of Virginia

I help people feel better by empowering them.

"I help people feel better by empowering them with knowledge. In my job and as a representative for the region's only Level 1 trauma center, I focus on injury prevention and community outreach. I have found that awareness is the first step to preventing many injuries. When we know how to do better and have the resources to do so, we can make better choices and live healthier, happier lives."

Sarah Beth Dinwiddie, BSN RN
Trauma Outreach Coordinator
Carilion Clinic 

"I help people feel better by providing them the means to communicate with their friends and loved ones which is the cornerstone of a happy life."

Janice Anderson
Anderson Audiology

By doing my best, I am able to make a difference in lives everyday.

"By doing my honest best to deliver quality care with compassion and respect, I am able to make a difference in people’s lives every day. I take pride in having the opportunity to help children and adolescents to be more independent, more active and improve self-esteem."

Julie Zielinkski, MD
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Carilion Clinic

 

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