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Kent Meador, Mercy Hospital Springfield’s manager of radiology vascular lab and ultrasound, delivers a Bible verse after receiving his reward.
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Kent Meador, Mercy Hospital Springfield’s manager of radiology vascular lab and ultrasound, delivers a Bible verse after receiving his reward.

Blog: Health care awards remind us all to be grateful

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You may not save a life every day, but every day you change lives.

Those words from Springfield Business Journal Publisher Jennifer Jackson directed to the 2018 Health Care Champions at last night’s awards banquet resonated with me.

All of us have experience with health care professionals. From a routine checkup to a frightening diagnosis, the doctors, nurses, therapists, technicians and even the administrators who run the hospitals, are the ones we look to for help and guidance.

But not all health care workers are created equal. There are those who provide basic needed care, and then there are those who go beyond expectations. I certainly have experiences with a doctor or nurse who helped a loved one or myself physically heal. But then there are the nurses and doctors who do more – they help you heal emotionally and stand by you in your pain. They turn fear into hope. Those are Health Care Champions.

SBJ honored 14 of those deserving professionals at last night’s awards ceremony at DoubleTree Hotel, but there are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of them in our community providing care today.

Last year I spent seven days in the hospital with a loved one. I fought against my emotions last night during the awards thinking about that week. The compassionate care from dozens of doctors, nurses, technicians and therapists got us through.

I think that’s why being the editor of this special section felt so special. The Health Care Champions awards are so personal — our lives depend on each and every health care worker in this community.

Last night, Kent Meador, Mercy Hospital Springfield’s manager of radiology vascular lab and ultrasound, shared a Bible scripture in his acceptance speech. It was Mark 10:44, which says, “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” He called for his fellow health care professionals to remember to have a servant’s heart.

For the rest of us, let’s have grateful hearts. I encourage you to join me in thanking the health care workers in your life.

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