Westlake -- St. John Medical Center recently hosted a social gathering dedicated to the Founding Physicians of St. John Medical Center. This evening was designed to give the founding Medical Staff, who were credentialed when the hospital opened in 1981, the ability to reunite with their fellow colleagues. Tours were provided to those physicians who wanted to revisit their former units, as well as witness improvements the hospital has made. To honor physicians in attendence, several group photographs were taken that night and will be displayed in the Hospital’s Doctor’s Dining Room.
“Many things have changed since the hospital first opened its doors to the community more than 25 years ago. But the founding physicians of St. John Medical Center shared a common vision of patient-centered care in a facility with service second to none. Today that a vision is a reality thanks to many of you who have joined us this evening,” said Cliff J. Coker, hospital president.
John Rowland, St. John Medical Center’s first president was in company, along with the City of Westlake’s Mayor Dennis Clough, as well as representatives from the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and the West Shore Osteopathic Foundation. Over half of the original medical staff, a variety of those who retired and those who are still on staff were in attendance, showing the spirit of camaraderie and unity St. John Medical Center had and still has today.
Coker expressed, “While it is difficult to predict the future, I can assure you that with continued growth, our focus will remain on providing the highest standards of quality care to our patients. In addition, I am grateful to the vision and dedication that you, as founding physicians, have provided to make St. John Medical Center an organization of excellence and one fully committed to its Mission. The important role that you have played and continue to play has greatly impacted this organization and will make a difference throughout the many years to come.”
The evening concluded with several physicians sharing stories as they related to the early days of the hospital. “It was a wonderful time filled with many fond memories. We had a strong commitment to making this hospital a success, one dedicated to its mission and the healing ministry of Jesus Christ,” said Dr. Daryush Haghighi, MD, who is now retired.