In a year filled with natural disasters and political discord, it’s good to look back and remember that a lot of great things happened this year, too—many of them right in the midst of hardship and turmoil. For some heartwarming holiday reading, we’ve rounded up a few of the most inspiring healthcare stories of the year.
Houston doctor canoes to hospital to perform surgery: When he got a call that a young man needed surgery in order to avoid permanent organ damage, pediatric general surgeon Dr. Stephen Kimmel didn’t let the rising waters of Hurricane Harvey hold him back. “Sometimes you have to do whatever it takes. . . In the end, it all turned out very well.”
Childhood cancer survivor returns to hospital as a nurse more than 20 years later: A two-time survivor of childhood cancer, inspired by the nurses who cared for her, recently joined the nursing staff at the same cancer facility where she was a former patient. “The love they showed me and my family in our time of need . . . helped me want to become as kind and caring and as compassionate as they were for me.”
A doctor’s quest to save newborns during California fires: While his own family was being evacuated from their home in Santa Rosa, the director of a hospital’s neonatal ICU was riding his motorcycle through smoke and looming flames to escort his unit’s babies to safety at another healthcare facility. “I know each baby personally, I know what they need and I wanted to pass that on to their new doctors.”
At Halley Consulting, we’re proud to rub shoulders with folks like those highlighted here: Healthcare professionals whose mission is to bring health, happiness, and wellbeing to those they serve. Everything we do, in the end, comes down to helping our clients provide exceptional care and caring to the patients they serve.
Happy Holidays from our team to yours!