Can-do compassion

S. Wright Caughman, MD

One of the doctors mentioned in this booklet describes his waiting room as a finger on the pulse of the local economy.

He knows that some patients sitting there are the lucky ones, car in the parking lot, insurance card in their pocket, food in the refrigerator. Others struggle—with sickness, longtime unemployment, inadequate resources to pay for rent or medicines. Still others, more each year, are dressed in clothes left over from when they had jobs, money, and health insurance, hoping their new situation is unapparent.  It’s often not—and it doesn’t matter. Our doctors don’t know which patient is in which situation, only that they are here to help all their patients, and that they will provide each the same high-quality care. This booklet celebrates that can-do compassion, that determination to care for those who need our help. It’s part of what makes the Woodruff Health Sciences Center such an extraordinary place, day in and day out.

S. Wright Caughman, MD
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Emory University
CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center
Chairman, Emory Healthcare

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