May 28, 2013
Peter Purrington, MD
Clarksville, TN — Program Director
May 28, 2013
Over the years, the meaning of Memorial Day has changed for me. I guess that is what happens as we get “older and wiser.” Really, I think it has more to do with our life experiences, more than simply getting older. As a boy growing up in small-town USA, I thought of Memorial Day as a rite of passage: the beginning of summer, the end of school, a great parade, and the town fathers reciting speeches about Flanders Field and the Gettysburg Address. Old Soldiers from conflicts long past would dress in their uniforms and march down the main street to the cheers of a grateful nation. While we grieved those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we celebrated the freedom their sacrifice provided us. Although I had little sense of its true meaning, I began to realize with great pride (and little sense) that to serve in the defense of that same freedom would be my ultimate calling.
Fast-forward 20 years: two tours during Operation Desert Storm and two more in Iraq later, I am the one marching down the main street in my best uniform, receiving the respect and applause of a grateful nation. Now it is personal. Having stood with those men and women who gave the last full measure for what they believed, I have a different perspective. I look back at those days as a boy and remember what those Old Soldiers said. Now I also know how they felt and what they had experienced in the loss of their brothers.
In the 1998 movie, “Saving Private Ryan,” young Ryan is told by the man sent to bring him home: “Earn this.” Later, an elderly Ryan kneels at the grave of that Ranger saying, “Every day I think about what you said to me that day on the bridge. I tried to live my life the best that I could. I hope that was enough. I hope that, at least in your eyes, I’ve earned what all of you have done for me.”
Today, Memorial Day for me is not just about remembering my friends and comrades who laid down their lives in the defense of freedom; it is an annual reminder to live each day earning what that sacrifice bought for me, earning the privilege I have been given to touch the lives of others in a meaningful way. To earn what has been given to me by those who have gone before, each and every day, is now my ultimate calling.
April 22, 2013
Apogee Opens New Program in Lake Havasu, AZ
Havasu Regional Medical Center Becomes New Partner
We are excited to announce our new partnership with Havasu Regional Medical Center in Lake Havasu, AZ. The program opened on Monday with 8 Apogee hospitalists, 2 intensivists, 2 nurse practitioners and 1 Patient Information Coordinator.
Committed to making a difference in their community, Havasu Regional Medical Center is focused on their commitment to providing accessible, quality healthcare that improves the well-being of the people they serve. They pride themselves in being a compassionate place while providing the best local hometown care with the latest in world-class medical technology. This 181-bed hospital is a Joint Commission-accredited and Medicare-certified, patient-centered community hospital. It offers a broad range of expertise in 27 medical specialties and 24-hour emergency care services.
March 30, 2013
National Doctors Day
March 30th is recognized as National Doctors Day, established to recognize and celebrate the hard work of doctors across the United States. The first Doctors’ Day was conceived in 1933 by Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of Dr. Charles Almond.
Thank you, Apogee physicians, for the amazing work you do!
February 25, 2013
Top 100 Hospitals From Truven Health Analytics
Apogee would like to recognize Payson Regional Medical Center in Payson, Arizona for being listed as one of Truven Health Analytics’ The 100 Top hospitals. This list recognizes 100 healthcare organizations from across the country that achieve the highest national scores based on 14 separate measures of hospital performance - operational, clinical and financial - that affect patients as well as the quality of care in the community. The results of the annual studies are released exclusively to Modern Healthcare.
Congratulations to our team in Payson, Arizona for its fourth year on this prestigious list!
Click here to read more about the 100 Top Hospitals from Truven Health Analytics | Modern Healthcare.
February 15, 2013
Dr. Ghali Honored With Stanley Three Excellence Award
On January 17, MMC Hospitalist physician Wael Ghali, M.D., was awarded the Stanley Three Award for Excellence for his exemplary collaboration with the nursing staff.
In nominating Dr. Ghali, Stanley Three staff nurse Nicole Sclafani RN praised him for consistently seeking out the primary nurse to discuss the patient’s clinical course and for always being open to suggestions from the Stanley Three Team.
“He is someone who always makes time, no matter how busy he is, to explain the results of a diagnostic test to the staff, to the patient and to the family,” she wrote. “Dr. Ghali is not only an exceptional doctor but a kind and caring person and is a respected member of our Interdisciplinary Team.”
Dr. Ghali is the first physician to be honored by the Stanley Three staff. Maureen Bowe, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.N., clinical director of Stanley Three, presented the award and noted: “It is especially rewarding to see the positive interaction between Dr. Ghali and the Stanley Three Staff. Mutual respect is the foundation for our team’s success and this enables the patient to benefit from an environment where collaboration supports teamwork and improved communication and this assures that quality care is delivered at the bedside.”
Congratulations Dr. Ghali!