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Healthcare In Just A Few Of Their Own 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. Because May is "National Healthcare Recognition Month", we have challenged healthcare professionals to sum up in a few words the impact their profession has on them and how important it is for their community. 

OurHealth Richmond extends a special THANK YOU to those in our community dedicating their lives to helping others.

Working in healthcare makes me feel privileged.

Working in healthcare makes me feel unbelievably privileged because of my ability to have the opportunity to work in a profession that is inherently noble and can make the difference in the health and well-being of so many people.

Sandy Aderholt, RN, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer
Chippenham Hospital

I choose to work in healthcare because of the unique challenge.

I choose to work in healthcare because for me it is a special balance of knowledge, dexterity and thoughtfulness. I find something new every day. The “new" can be new information or procedures, new ways to interact more effectively with colleagues, or new techniques to be more engaged and empathetic with patients.

Matthew Brengman, MD
Chief of Staff
Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals

What I love most about my job in healthcare is sharing technology.

What I love most about my job in healthcare is the opportunity to provide patients cutting edge therapies through clinical research. We started our oncology research program in 2014 and are proud to offer a wide range of clinical trial opportunities for patients from the National Cancer Institute, industry, and from partnerships with academic centers. Clinical trials are “tomorrow’s therapy today,” and are the ONLY way that we have made the lives of people with cancer better.

William J. Irvin, MD
Medical Director, Medical Oncology, Virginia / Director of Clinical Research
Bon Secours Cancer Institute

What I love most about my job in healthcare is: I leave work every day knowing that my contributions impact the lives of our patients in a positive manner. This job is more than just a paycheck – it is a calling that provides meaning and significance to life.

Charles Davis, RN, BSN
Operating Room Business Manager
Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center

After a challenging day, I am reminded that I am fortunate.

After a challenging day, I am reminded that I am so lucky to have been given the skills that allow me to help children and families, and put a smile on their faces because of how much better they feel.

Bela Sood, MD
VCU Health

My most memorable day working in healthcare was enlightening.

My most memorable day working in healthcare was when we showed that Vitamin C saved the life of a 20-year old college student who had virus induced sepsis and acute lung injury.

Berry Fowler, MD
Director
VCU Johnson Center for Critical Care and Pulmonary Research

One of the most important lessons I have learned working in healthcare has been the value of trustworthiness.

Making an impact on a patient’s life is dependent on many different factors. I have found that the greatest reward is getting to know my patient’s and gaining their trust. This allows me to help them decrease their pain, improve function, and achieve their goals. Being a physical therapist is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding jobs.

Rebecca Ayers, PT, DPT
Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc.

The person who has inspired me in my job the most is a teacher.

The person who has inspired me in my job the most is certified nurse midwife Nancy Giglio. While it is impossible to just pick one person, she is certainly on my top 10 list. She is a trusted friend and mentor. I have learned from her wisdom and dedication in caring for women.

Christine Isaacs, MD
Director, Midwifery Services
VCU Health

The person who has inspired me in my job the most is my mother who gave me an appreciation for equity in my dealings, empathy for the human condition and passion for my work. All are important values in healthcare.

Bela Sood, MD
VCU Health

Every day, I start my job thankful for core values.

Every day I start my job thankful for the culture that Bon Secours espouses. I appreciate the mission and values of Bon Secours. Being able to pray with patients or the fact that our meetings start with a reflection or prayer is meaningful.

Charles Davis, RN, BSN
Operating Room Business Manager
Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center

I help people feel better by listening.

I help people feel better by being an attentive listener. I’ve been told, in the encounter, that the patient often tells you their diagnosis.

John Hennessey, MD
Bon Secours Neurology Clinic

By providing care, I am able to make a difference in people’s lives every day.

By addressing the oral health of children in order to impact their overall health and quality of life, I am able to make a difference in people’s lives every day.

Jeffrey Laughlin, DDS, MPH
Virginia Family Dentistry

I choose to work in emergency medical services because I want to impact others.

I chose to become a Firefighter/Paramedic because I have such a strong passion for helping others. With this career, I am able to use life-saving, critical thinking skills that can make an impact on someone’s life and the things most precious to them. I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to help someone in their time of need and to be with them when they need it the most.

Margquita Whisonant
Firefighter/Paramedic
Hanover Fire-EMS Department

I chose to work as a Firefighter/Paramedic because it offers such a variety of challenges and experiences. I wanted something where I could interact with a wide range of people, be forced to leave my comfort zone, and continually be humbled by what I saw. I also wanted a dynamic career that uses technology and state-of-the-art equipment in real life problem solving.

J. T. Williams
Battalion Chief
Hanover Fire-EMS Department