A Day to Honor Our Doctors

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Op-Ed by Rich Newell, Jr. President & CEO Phoenixville Hospital and Pottstown Hospital

Health care is always changing, due to scientific breakthroughs, technological advancements, government regulation and reform. For more than two years, the unexpected changes and surprises from the ongoing COVID pandemic have brought new challenges. But there is one constant: physicians still shoulder the ultimate responsibility for a patient’s care whether it be in the emergency room, on the operating table or in a clinic. From the days of Hippocrates, doctors held the fate of their fellow human beings in their hands – and certainly in their hearts.

It’s why we pause on Doctors’ Day each year to thank the men and women who made the decision to travel down that long road to becoming a physician. We at both Phoenixville Hospital and Pottstown Hospital are grateful for the over 500 physicians who work in our hospitals, offices, and clinics.  We celebrate and honor their commitment to their field, their patients, and their community.

It is so easy to marvel at the almost miraculous life-saving tools medicine employs. And just as easy to become frustrated with medicine when chronic disease, terminal illness and horrific accidents win the battle over the doctor’s most drastic life-saving measures.

It is too easy to forget that the physician – the healer, the comforter, the saver of lives – is a human.

The same doctor who was triumphant in making a difficult diagnosis in a challenging case, then has to turnaround and deliver the grim prognosis to the patient and his family.

The pediatrician who is treating a severely injured or ill child must go home to tuck in her own little ones.

The longtime family doctor who has watched a patient evolve from a vibrant and active lifestyle to an aging, weakened state may be facing the same dilemma with his own elderly parent.

On March 30 we take time to thank our doctors – newcomer and veteran, primary care, and specialist – for their unwavering care to the lives we at Phoenixville Hospital and Pottstown Hospital touch each year.

We acknowledge their lives outside the hospital though we realize their chosen career path often makes it difficult to separate the two worlds. We appreciate the obstetrician who ventures out in the middle of the night to bring a new life into this world. We thank the emergency room physicians and hospitalists for the personal sacrifices they make by staffing our facilities on weekends and holidays. We are grateful to those doctors who answer emergency calls from our hospital staffs and patients while out for dinner with their spouses or during a child’s birthday party.

The physicians who serve our hospitals and numerous clinics all have their own stories to tell, tales of heroic measures inside our walls and in their community. They are all part of the Phoenixville Hospital and Pottstown Hospital family of physicians who work with us and the other members of our health care team of professionals. They ensure our area with outstanding medical care for all our patients.

Be it a primary care doctor fresh out of residency, or a veteran surgeon who continues to hone skills by adopting the latest technology, we thank you. We are fortunate to have these men and women. Today we acknowledge their contributions, sacrifices, skills, and unwavering concern for our community.

Yours truly,

Rich Newell, Jr.
President & CEO
Phoenixville Hospital and Pottstown Hospital

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