By Tim Kowols
Door County Medical Center has been recognized by professionals in the healthcare industry and now by the people in the area who depend on their facilities on a daily basis. In addition to the ten distinct Excellence in Healthcare Awards it received from Professional Research Consultants in April, Door County Medical Center also earned honors for being the best hospital, hosting the best rehabilitation service, and employing the best doctor in Dr. Richard Hogan. Director of Rehab Services Debra Whitelaw-Gorski says the awards validate the high-quality services she has always known.
In comments written by Dr. Hogan, he says his “fellow physicians and ancillary providers go a long way to make me look good, not to forget our excellent nursing and support staff in the hospital and clinic.” Door County Medical Center was recognized by PRC for its emergency, inpatient, and outpatient services. It will formally receive those awards during the 2017 Excellence in Healthcare Conference in Austin, Texas on June 22. Over 12,000 votes were cast in the DoorCountyDailyNews.com Best of Door County poll, with awards be presented in over 80 categories.
DR. HOGAN’S COMMENTS
What does it mean to be voted the best doctor in the County?
My youngest son Liam just finished his first year at Marquette University. From school he texted me this “best doctor” news a couple of weeks ago. He apparently saw it in the Door County News on line. I thought he was pulling my leg.
I am mystified by the honor and I have absolutely no clue what it means ! We have so many excellent clinicians here in Door County. I am lucky to be surrounded by top notch colleagues. My fellow physicians and ancillary providers go a long way to make me look good, not to forget our excellent nursing and support staff in the hospital and clinic. I also appreciate the specialists from Green Bay who come and give great service. Kudos to our forward looking Administrators who have put the hospital and clinic in the right place.
What do I do different from my colleagues?
I am not sure that I do anything different from my colleagues. We have an outstanding group of health care providers here.
Advice to others entering the field of Medicine?
Don’t go into health care if you don’t like people.
Don’t go into medicine if you cannot be wrong at times, if you cannot cope with having an unintended outcome for your patient, if you cannot stand eventually losing a patient you have known for a long time and who has become like family to you.
Treat patients like they ARE your family.
Learn and keep learning.
When faced with a challenge, rise up to it.
Know your limitations. Seek the help of others when needed.
Take pride in your work but also be humble…. You never can know it all.
Press on when you might not feel like it.
Treat everyone with whom you have contact with dignity and respect.
Keep the patients and the community’s health number one in all you do.
Keep a sense of humor.
Keep a sense of wonder at the miracle of life.
Remember your family and thank them for their sacrifices.
Take care of yourself.
Be grateful for your great life and the privilege you have been given.