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A message from Barry Moss, Vice President of Operations, Merit Health


Health care is always changing, brought on by scientific breakthroughs, technological advancements, government regulation and reform. But there is one constant: physicians still shoulder the ultimate responsibility for a patient’s care whether it be in the emergency room, on the operating table or in a clinic. From the days of Hippocrates, doctors held the fate of their fellow human beings in their hands — and certainly in their hearts. It’s why we pause on National Doctors’ Day each year to thank the men and women who made the decision to travel down that long road to becoming a physician. We at Merit Health are grateful for the more than 200 physicians who work in our hospitals, offices and clinics. We celebrate and honor their commitment to their field, their patients and their community. Be it a primary care doctor fresh out of residency or a veteran surgeon who continues to hone skills by adopting the latest technology, we thank you. It is easy to marvel at the almost miraculous life-saving tools that medicine employs. And just as easy to become frustrated with medicine when chronic disease, terminal illness and horrific accidents win the battle over the doctor’s most drastic life-saving measures. Lest we forget that the physician — the healer, the comforter, the saver of lives — is a human. The same doctor who was triumphant in making a diagnosis in a perplexing case has to deliver the grim prognosis to the patient and his family. The pediatrician who is treating a severely injured or ill child has to go home to tuck in their own little ones. The longtime family doctor who has watched a patient evolve from a vibrant and active lifestyle to an aging, weakened state may be facing the same dilemma with their own elderly parent. On March 30, we take time to thank our doctors — newcomer and veteran, primary care and specialist — for their unwavering care to the lives we at Merit Health touch each year. We acknowledge their lives outside the hospital though we realize that their chosen career path often makes it difficult to separate the two worlds. We appreciate the obstetrician who ventures out in the middle of the night to bring a new life into this world. We thank the emergency room physicians, hospitalists and intensivists for the personal sacrifices they make by staffing our facilities on weekends and holidays. We are grateful to those doctors who answer emergency calls from our hospital staff and patients while out for dinner with their spouses or during a child’s birthday party. The physicians who serve our hospital and numerous clinics all have their own stories to tell, tales of heroic measures inside our walls and in their community. They are all part of the Merit Health family of physicians who work with us and the other members of our health care team of professionals to provide our region with outstanding medical care. We are fortunate to have these men and women. On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, we acknowledge and celebrate their contributions, sacrifices, skills and unwavering concern for our community.



About Merit Health

Merit Health serves the healthcare needs of residents of Mississippi through its 9 affiliated hospitals. The healthcare system offers a wide array of services including orthopedics, cardiology, women’s health, emergency departments and broad diagnostic medical and surgical services. The network has more than 1,800 licensed beds, more than 2,500 physicians on the combined active medical staffs, more than 3,000 employees, and more than 40,000 admissions and more than 250,000 emergency department visits each year.

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Alicia Carpenter, Merit Health, (601) 824-8410, Alicia.Carpenter@MyMeritHealth.com


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