At Mile Marker 446, I was honored to be speaking at Jefferson Hospital’s Excellence in Trauma Awards.
He became so familiar that I never even bothered with his last name. Like Madonna, or Adele, or Prince -- he was simply Nate. The Best Supporting Surgeon on my amazing team.
With impeccable timing, Dr. Nate popped into my doorway. “Want to see a picture of your intestines?” he asked.
When the awards ceremony ended on Wednesday afternoon, I talked with my nurses and doctors. Thanking them for all they'd done -- however big or small.
"But I only took care of you a few times," said Nurse Leslie.
"You were there for me when I needed you," I replied, "and you're there for OTHERS everyday."
|Nurses Julie and Deb... |
Where would I be without them??
Each person at that ceremony -- doctors, nurses, patients, and families -- had stories to tell. Snapshots of strength and sadness, courage and hope. Small moments they remembered. People and events that had come together to create HEALING.
With Nate’s departure this summer, a new class of residents, nurses, and students will arrive -- full of enthusiasm and ready to learn.
Pedal on, Dr. Nate --
Wishing you a smooth road, a swift tailwind, and a safe ride!