Aligning Your Career Path with Your Mission
By Greg Davidson, MBA
Methodist Dallas Medical Center Golden Cross Academic Clinic
I am one of the fortunate few who get to do what I’ve always wanted to do. I started volunteering in hospitals when I was 13 years old. Over the years, I realized I wanted to serve a population of underserved individuals by running a clinic just like the Methodist Dallas Medical Center Golden Cross Academic Clinic. It’s a perfect fit for me, and I’m at peace knowing that my life’s mission is in tune with the path that my career has followed.
How about you? Have you thought about your mission in life? What’s your overall purpose? Without goals, it’s easy for people to drift from job to job, never really achieving a feeling of satisfaction. Fortunately, when you ask most health care professionals why they pursued health care as a career, they often cite a calling to care for others. In a large, integrated health care organization like Methodist Health System, which offers so many different opportunities to care for others, employees can discover the special niche that is personally satisfying.
Every day I witness the difference providers and staff at the Golden Cross Academic Clinic make in our patients’ lives. Our mission is twofold: teaching the next generation of physicians and serving the underserved. We provide a valuable training ground for residents in internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and general surgery, as well as fellows in gastroenterology and nephrology, while serving the most acute medical needs of more than 70 patients daily, almost 17,000 a year.
Our patient demographics clearly demonstrate what I mean by underserved. More than one out of every four patients does not have insurance. Sixty percent are covered by either Medicare or Medicaid, leaving about 15 percent with commercial insurance coverage. A significant portion of our patient population suffers from costly, debilitating chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and pulmonary disease. Our resources help us manage most of our patients’ care under one roof. And since the clinic is located across from the Methodist Dallas campus, patients are able to conveniently access more complex care if they need it.
One of the most innovative programs offered is the Life Shines Bright Pregnancy Program. This program features a new model of prenatal care and group education for women who are at risk for preterm birth called Centering Pregnancy, which is endorsed by the March of Dimes. The prenatal classes offer women up to 20 hours of education with nurse practitioners, teaching them what to expect both during pregnancy and after the birth of their babies. The results of the program are exemplary. Preterm birth rates of participants in the program have dropped to 5.6 percent compared to an average of 18 percent for the Methodist Dallas service area. This rate beats not only the county, state, and national averages, it’s even four percentage points lower than the March of Dimes national goal for 2020.
Another program I am very proud of is MedAssist, a medication assistance program started in 2006. A social worker at the clinic connects patients who do not have insurance and cannot afford their medications with pharmaceutical companies’ free medication programs. This coming year, the program will help more than 1,200 people obtain much-needed medication. If the program did not exist and these patients had to pay retail cost for their medications, they would pay nearly $500,000 yearly. I’m also excited about recruiting a nurse to our staff who specializes in diabetes education, helping patients better manage their disease through medication compliance, nutrition counseling, and better lifestyle choices.
Making a difference in the lives of people who truly need assistance and support is my life’s mission and it’s the clinic’s mission. By being compassionate, patient, and understanding, we deliver high-quality care that helps our patients take responsibility for their overall well-being.
Ready for a little soul searching? If you’re looking for an opportunity to match your life’s mission with your career goals, then it’s time to choose Methodist Health System. Learn more by visiting Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.
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