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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 one or a few words the impact their profession means to them and how important it is for their community. 

“Working in healthcare makes me feel a sense of fulfillment. Caring for our residents in their later years, many of whom have given as much of themselves over their lifetime has made my life better.”

Cecelia Peters, Assisted Living Administrator
Valley View Retirement

"Working in healthcare makes me feel very fortunate because it allows me to assist in providing and protecting the precious gift of sight."

Gary St. Clair, OD
St. Clair Eye Care

"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

“I choose to work in healthcare because I enjoy working with patients, and hopefully making them feel better and reassured. “

Kenneth Musana, MD
Gastroenterology Associates of Central Virginia

"The joy and excitement when I tell a patient that she is pregnant. As a doctor who specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology & 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 that what I do matters. It matters not just to me as a job or career, but matters to others as well. After a challenging day I am reminded that my efforts were to make people’s lives better. My time and energy weren’t spent to sell a product, or produce a physical item, but to improve the lives of those in our facility. When you look back on a challenging day it’s a rewarding thought."

Kyle Swim, OTR/L, OTD
Director of Rehabilitation
Lynchburg Health & Rehabilitation Center

"After a challenging day, I am reminded that as healers, we must first care for our own mind, body and spirit so we are prepared each day to provide the best possible care for our patients."

Rick Lee, MD
Integrative Pain Physician and Anesthesiologist
Anesthesia Services of Lynchburg, Inc.

"….the importance of taking the time to listen to what is important to the patient in any given visit – what is their reason for coming, what is their previous experience (personal or otherwise) with their health concern, and what is important to them in plan development. Little else matters if you are not centered on the patient’s whole experience."

Katie Page, Certified Nurse-Midwife
Centra Medical Group Women’s Center

“Every day, I start my day thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in the life and health of my patients. In Family Medicine, I have the privilege of becoming part of my patients lives, their families and our community. Together, we celebrate new babies, growth from childhood to adults and success in every step towards wellness. We grieve over the loss of loved ones, work through the difficulties of life and celebrate every success. I am grateful for a profession that gives to me such satisfaction in helping others.” 

Trudy Shahady, MD
CVFP Rustburg

"I help people feel better by helping patients achieve a greater level of function, health, and independence. As a physical therapist, I have been given the unique opportunity to work together collaboratively with each individual patient to help them achieve the goals that matter most to them. I help people feel better by providing specialized care that is specific to their functional limitations and goals they hope to achieve."

Courtney Bumgarner, PT, DPT
Centra Rehabilitation

“By providing Prosthetic and Orthotic healthcare, I am given the opportunity to work with a wide variety of patients who are dealing with either a loss of function or loss of limb. Helping them return to a functional lifestyle is the best reward of the job. The ability to see a patient be able to walk again on a daily basis is the greatest privilege.”

Richard Ruble, CPO
Excel Prosthetics & Orthotics

 

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