It Takes a Methodist Doctor
It takes a special person to drop whatever and answer the call –
to give up time with family to serve their biggest family of all.
“I believe in treating patients with compassion, as a member of my own family.” – Rudolf Kotula, MD, Infectious Disease
“I used to tell my residents that I only have one rule, and that’s to take care of your patients like they’re your family. If you do that, everything else falls into place.” – Thomas White, MD, Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
It takes a loving person, whose children may be grown –
to express the joy of holding another’s as if they were their own.
“I love being there in those moments that are most important in my patients’ lives – moments that they’re going to remember forever. Oftentimes I find myself thanking them for allowing me to be involved in their care and that special moment for them. It’s awesome. It’s fuel for the soul.” Brendan Connealy, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
“I realized with the birth of my first child, that this was truly a gift from God, and I understood unconditional love. So, to know that feeling and to be involved with other people’s families and God’s gift of children – that brings me the greatest joy.” – William Jurgensen, Obstetrics/Gynecology
It takes a genuine person to want to hear a heart’s desire –
to treat the problem after learning of what fuels the soul with fire.
“Before I go into a room, I take a deep breath and think, ‘I’m just going to concentrate on this patient.’ They want to sit and tell you their story. And from that story, I can make better decisions as to how to treat their diabetes or high blood pressure based on the life they come from. I don’t care if you’re going to the doctor or talking to your best friend. People want to be heard, and I’m here to listen.” – Margo Anderson-Fowler, MD, Family Medicine
“Listening and understanding patients’ stories is the first step in setting and accomplishing goals with them. I really enjoy the connections I can make with patients.” – Karen Joyce, MD, Internal Medicine
It takes a loyal person to be the kind of friend –
who’s always there to lend support from beginning to the end.
“I need my patients to know that they have someone they can count on – that I will be there for them through the good times and the bad. That I care about them as a person.” – Abigail Delaney, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology
“It’s so important to help patients navigate through their cancer care and treatment and to inform them of everything that needs to happen – getting them through those difficult times and being with them through the good times.” – Robert Lindau III, MD, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
It takes a person we call “doctor” to mend, heal and repair,
but at Methodist, ours do that and more – they are
The Meaning of Care.