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Member Spotlight: Dr. Nicholas Steinour
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Next in our TCEP Member Spotlight: Dr. Nicholas Steinour, the Emergency Department Medical Director for Providence Health Network in Waco represented by Senator Brian Birdwell and Representative Doc Anderson for Texas. Dr. Steinour is a constituent of Senator Kirk Watson and Represenative Dawnna Dukes.

Thank You

What do you say when a father of two asks the front desk if he may have a few words with the doctor? Is he upset? Does he have questions? First, let's rewind 3 weeks...I was working on a Saturday night when local paramedics brought a middle-aged man in with chest pain and palpitations. He was cool and sweaty when I saw him, and the nurses immediately started an IV and hooked him up to a monitor. Moments later, the monitor alarmed, and the man was no longer conscious. He had developed a deadly arrhythmia known as ventricular fibrillation. Without hesitation, the team mobilized, and I ordered a defibrillating shock to the patient, which silenced the alarms and brought his heart rhythm back to normal. We further stabilized him and admitted him to the hospital for further monitoring and investigation of his heart health. Yes, when the staff brought this man in to have a few words with me with his two children at his side, I knew exactly who he was. He had brought his children along to introduce them to the doctor (and team) who saved his life, the folks who prevented these two young girls from growing up without their father. With tears in his eyes, he simply said "thank you”. These are the cases that reiterate the value of the long hours, the years of training and the personal sacrifice. I am privileged to go to work everyday with the sole purpose of saving lives and making others' lives better. I am proud of my emergency medicine colleagues who work every holiday, every weekend, and tirelessly give to make their communities healthy and safe. I cannot think of a better reward than a sincere thank you from a fellow human being.

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