By RENEE STOVSKY
Dr. Richard Hansen, 62, medical director for Emory Specialty Associates Primary Care Division, describes himself as having been educated at George Washington University medical school, trained at Emory University Hospital, and reeducated at Mercy Care, a clinic system that operates Atlanta's only health care for the homeless program.
That's because 20 years ago, when he first began volunteering at Mercy Care as a Saint Joseph's Hospital internist, he says he thought of the homeless as "mainly crazy, disheveled, unkempt people who had been released too soon from psychiatric facilities." more
By ELLEN F. HARRIS
Josiah S. "Sy" Johnson was settling into his new position as chief executive of the PeaceHealth Columbia Network, in Longview, Wash., when a major crisis unfolded: a caregiver at a network hospital was suspected of diverting narcotics in ways that could have exposed a number of patients over two years to Hepatitis C infection.
"It was very scary," Johnson said. He learned, in February 2014, that a caregiver in direct patient care at a network hospital might be working under the influence of drugs. Fourteen months earlier, one of the caregiver's patients at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash., had tested positive for Hepatitis C.
"A wave of worry" descended on Johnson. Johnson left PeaceHealth in April, but as the crisis was unfolding, he wore two hats in its Columbia Network. In addition to being the top executive, he was chief mission officer. As such, he determined to stay true to the core value that every person is a treasure.