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A salute to doctors

^pDear Editor:^p

National Doctors’ Day is not only a day for others to recognize the efforts of me^pdical professionals, but also a day for us as medical professionals to appreciate the impacts of our services on the lives of people we care for.

Aside from treatment and expertise, we provide guidance to our patients. In the midst of suffering from the negative effects of injury, disease and aging, patients long for a source of stability and search for something to move them forward.

We sometimes get caught up in the hardships of our positions, focusing on failed treatments and heartbroken families. It can be challenging to work so closely with patients who are suffering and not lose sight of hope ourselves. As medical professionals, it is our responsibility to remain energized and ready to serve, always providing a source of guid^pance for them.

Hope and respect are two very important needs for patients ^preceiving hospice care. The emotional impact of this commitment is immeasurable. I am continually amazed and strengthened by the courage and openness of my patients. Working with them and their families to understand what they will likely face and allowing them to share their most innermost concerns and fears.

It is my hope that National Doctors’ Day becomes a time of reflection for health care professionals. In addition to the treatment we provide, think about the care, joy and respect you can give to your patients. Do not become lost in the intensity and pressures of your work, but think about the extraordinary impacts of your career.

David R. Wenner^p

Chief Medical Officer at Hospice of Central PA

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