For the patients I care for, who walk the path ahead of me.
During my residency I was assigned many different patients, but one in particular affected my life in a way I would never have imagined. I cared for this patient, a woman who was diagnosed with a form of leukemia, during my entire three years of residency and walked through the path of her illness with her until the time of her death. I had really connected with this patient and the feeling of loss I had after her death was something I had never experienced before.
To me, those feelings illustrate what practicing in the specialty of Family Medicine is really about. We’re not just doctors, we’re advocates, and we’re friends.
After I completed my residency in 1990, my family and I moved to Bolivar, Missouri where I was able to work to start up a hospice program for their community.
In 1991 we moved to Manhattan and in 1992 I was approached by the Executive Director of Homecare & Hospice about serving as their Medical Director. I agreed, and have spent the last 23 years in that position.
The way I see it, we’re all terminal. We’re all going down the same path and I want to help others by using the gifts I’ve been given during the short time I have on this earth to walk it ahead of me in comfort and with dignity.
That’s my job, my motive, my responsibility.
I’m Dr. Keith Wright of Stonecreek Family Physicians and I am Homecare & Hospice.