MOMENTS ARE HERE AND NOW…

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”  ~ John Wesley John Wesley founded the Methodist Church.  He was a deep thinker about making a difference. I was listening to a podcast recently where Tim Kight and Urban Meyer were discussing […]

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The Real Meaning Of Trials We Encounter

On the road this week.  A smattering of visits with customers, colleagues, partners and plants. Picked up a few phrases to share: From reading about a press session Georgia football coach Kirby Smart conducted before the preseason kicked off.  He says his team defines its culture with two words: “Do more!” While Georgia has achieved success, they have fallen short of their championship goal.  Smart says the statement is simple, memorable and captures all that […]

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BRAVO for Wellness

“Don’t stay on the wrong road just because you’ve been traveling it a long time.” Bruce Horton We are creatures of habit. We develop patterns we repeat. We travel the same routes routinely. We do things on automatic pilot. Sometimes those things aren’t healthy. It’s time for Bravo Wellness enrollment. Hopefully, you are familiar with it. Whether you are enrolled in our health insurance or not, you are eligible to participate in Bravo. They take […]

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OUR GUATEMALA TEAM ENRICHED WITH JOY IN THEIR WORK…

As I mentioned, there are 40 people on our mission team in Guatemala. While most are skilled medical pros, the primary criteria for making the team is that they “want” to be here. Some have retired.  It’s the only week they provide medical care all year.  The equipment is mostly “older school”.  They aren’t working in the well-equipped setting they usually find at home. We don’t come here knowing what we will find, so there’s […]

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MY ANNUAL TRIP TO GUATEMALA SHAPES MY WORLD VIEW…

I’m in Guatemala on a medical mission trip this week.  Rest assured, no one is counting on me for medical care. My team of 40 deliver surgical care to over 100 folks, to people who otherwise wouldn’t have care available to them. I’ve been accompanying my wife on this trip for a while.  This is her 14th year.  She’s a nurse and cares for the patients.  I run errands for the care givers and help […]

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We Are The Sum Of Our Commitments

Commitment separates those who live their dreams from those who live life regretting the opportunities they’ve squandered. – Bill Russell, Hall of Fame Basketball player and coach. It’s been said that “We are the sum of our commitments.” According to Russell, if you see someone accomplished, you can be assured that person will have a record of commitments that defined them. Perhaps you see the truth in this statement. If you are feeling satisfied with […]

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The Blessing of Accessible Healthcare in America

I’ve been in Guatemala this week with my wife on a medical mission trip. She is a nurse making her ninth trip. I started coming a few years ago. I wash dishes, help the cooks and run errands for the medical team. One of the outcomes of making this trip is to reinforce the blessing of accessible healthcare we experience in America. I’ve seen cases every day here that wouldn’t occur. Here’s an example: General […]

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Final Day in Guatemala

This is the decompress day on our trip. The surgeries are complete. The team completed 90 cases. We feel blessed. We were speculating last night on what the cost of those 90 surgeries would be in America. We arrived at an average of about $10,000 a case. Which would mean that the services provided to the Guatemalans were approaching $1 million. Another of our surgeons reminded us that would be the pure cost of the […]

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Medical Team in Guatemala Exemplifies Teamwork

Serving on this mission in Guatemala reinforces many of the things that make teams perform at high levels. There are 34 people on the team. Eight of us aren’t graced with medical skills or training. Twenty-six are. Those 26 will man four operating rooms, making sure patients are ready for surgery, experience the surgery and are cared for after the surgery until they can be released to go home. Most of the patients are sicker […]

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Guatemala: Final Day of Surgery

We are in our last day of surgery in Guatemala. It’s fun to watch a team come together. As we gather on Saturday, the opening hours are a bit awkward as people assess what’s up. On our team, 16 of 34 had worked together before. The rest of the folks were new. So, the task is for the veterans to pull the new folks into the team and get ready to perform massive rounds of […]

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