“Every moment matters” is our Roper St. Francis motto, but let’s face it: many of us squander more moments than not. We’re tied up with our to-do lists or busy with email; rather than reaching out to those around us, we become absorbed by our own lives. That’s why we love it when the Charleston Regional Business Journal announces its “Health Care Heroes” honorees each fall. By shining a light on those who do make those moments matter, it reminds us of the power we each have to make a difference.
This year, Roper St. Francis is thrilled that 11 of our own (dominating the line up!) have been dubbed “Health Care Heroes” for their dedication and commitment to serving others.
There’s Barbara Smith, RN, (Community Outreach category), who works in the Roper SICU but also coordinates a free medical clinic and annual youth retreat/health fair in the rural community of St. George. There’s Becky Clemens (Health Care Professional category), an imaging technologist at Bon Secours St. Francis, who inspires her department to live active healthier lives and volunteers for the Charleston Animal Society. Wynde Limehouse, RN, (Health Care Professional category) is being recognized for accelerating our clinical trials program and bringing innovative cancer care to more patients, and Arthur Williams (Health Care Researcher category) gets a nod for his tireless work to expand our Alzheimer’s Research Center.
You may have read about Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital labor and delivery nurse Patricia Jarrell (Nurse category) in the Post & Courier recently, honored for her tremendous compassion in helping a patient and family through the trauma of giving birth to a stillborn child. And we’re very proud of our two honorees in the Physician category: Dr. Kenneth Mitchell, who goes above and beyond to support his bariatric surgery patients, and Dr. Robert Schoderbek, an orthopedist who offers a free weekend sports injury clinic and (with his wife) fosters children from around the globe.
People like Carolyn Brown and Marion Nelson III (both in the Health Care Engineer category) are the behind-the-scenes folks who quietly and dependably make sure all our systems are “go,” our facilities are safe and well-cared for, all while also serving the broader community. And then there’s Brittany Bishop (Volunteer category), our 15-year-old volunteer and graduate of the RSF SCRUBS health-career camp, who saved a drowning toddler’s life this summer by performing CPR.
If you need more inspiration to go out and make YOUR moments matter, here are some of our favorite hero-related thoughts:
“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” Arthur Ashe
“I’ve often said, the only thing standing between me and greatness is me.” Woody Allen
“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” Betty Reese
“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little.” Sydney Smith
“The happiness of life . . . is made up of minute fractions — the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a gentle word, a heartfelt compliment.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge