UNION — Union Hospital District was honored to have Tommy Sinclair, Union County Supervisor and Harold Thompson, Mayor for City of Union, kick-off National Hospital Week at Wallace Thomson Hospital Monday morning.
Mr. Sinclair provided words of encouragement to the continuing community’s support of the hospital district. Mayor Thompson followed with similar words of support and provided a joint proclamation from the city and the county to honor National Hospital Week in Union.
During the 2013 Hospital Week kick-off celebration, M. John Flood, MD, was announced as the 2013 Physician of the Year. Nomination forms were distributed throughout the district and completed anonymously by staff and employees.
His nominators stated:
• Dr. Flood is very passionate about Wallace Thomson Hospital and about the community as a whole by providing specialized care in areas not limited only to the Hospital but to the entire County and community in many places and by participating in many roles. He has not only shared his skills in the health care setting but takes an active involvement in sharing in the lives of the community.
• When working with other members of Hospital Staff, Dr. Flood has a history of getting along well not only with his peers, but with staff and others and always makes time to share advice and answer any questions; willing to always lend assistance when needed in any area.
• With the many “hats” that Dr. Flood wears (Physician, EMS Medical Director, Firefighter, Reserve Officer) he has the ability to communicate with all members of the community the desire and the need to continue to be a strong presence within the health care community in these difficult times. Within the District, he listens to the public, administration, and Board and promotes the needs of all both politically and democratically.
• Dr. Flood has touched and inspired many lives, from young to old, never faltering on his principles while being fair and committed to patients, staff, and community members. He is always a strong presence.
• He has a genuine concern for his patients. One nominator stated: “As a tech who takes after hours call, he is conscientious about calling us back — if he calls, we know we are needed.”
• He has a willingness to teach and encourage those who show an interest in learning, no matter the arena. He provides valuable insight that years of dedication and hard work provide to the benefit of the patient, their families and to the community as a whole.
• Another nominator stated: “Dr. Flood has been an inspiration to me when it comes to talking to my children about what they want to be when they grow up. Son wants to be a doctor, police officer and a fire fighter. If I didn’t know him, I would be telling him to choose. Instead I tell him that he can do whatever he wants.”