Just as quickly as it began, summer is already winding down.
 
I hope you’ve had a chance to get away and enjoy some much-needed downtime with family and friends. Or maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who’s still counting down the days until your vacation.
 
In either case, I hope you’ll find some time to relax and take a break with this month’s Progress Notes, which features plenty of interesting stories about your friends and colleagues.  
 
Check out the photo gallery from our annual Medical & Dental Staff awards, which honored 40 physicians for amazing achievements, including a combined 970 years of service. (On a personal note, wow, where did the last 25 years go?) We also introduce you to 11 new physicians, representing both family medicine and a variety of specialties, including some who are just starting their careers.
 
Practicing medicine can be undeniably stressful. Chaplain Pete Jupin shares some thoughts on how embracing the spiritual side of medicine can help you connect with your patients. And Dr. Andy Probolus tells us how the Ethics Committee can help solve particularly difficult patient-care dilemmas.
 
We’d also like to hear from you. Do you or a colleague have an interesting hobby? Have you taken a once-in-a-lifetime trip or won a special award? Let us know by using the orange “Send Us Feedback” link on the left side of this page. We’d love to feature you in an upcoming issue of Progress Notes.
 
Thanks for reading, and be sure to make time to enjoy these last few weeks of summer.

Monty

Lee M. Duke II, M.D.
Chief Physician Executive
Progress Notes' Editor-in-Chief
LMDuke@lghealth.org

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