Sunday, May 20, 2012
General • Watch Carefully—Christians May Be in the Work Place!
They quietly occupy more places than suspected. They may be on a road crew, in an office, factory, bakery, science lab or even in hospitals. They might be school teachers, receptionists or dental assistants. Be observant.
A stand-out worker seems calm when others are frantic, never complains, ready to help a fellow worker, and keeps a positive attitude backed by an accepting smile. Perhaps this worker should be checked out.
One Christian in the workplace is, Dr. John Dearborn, the head of orthopedic surgery at Washington Hospital in Fremont, California. He helped pioneer a center for hip and knee replacement surgeries, a field that scarcely existed 40 years ago. And Dr. Dearborn (46) is considered one of the best in that field.
He graduated from Stanford University, discovered orthopedics at the U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine and interned in Boston.
“I get to help the lame walk, and give the Lord credit,” the doctor said. He begins his day at 4:45 AM at the edge of his bed praying silently for strength, for healing, and for success in his upcoming day’s work.
He goes to the gym at 5:30 AM most weekdays to work out for an hour. The exception is at 6 AM on Tuesdays, when he meets with a Men’s Bible Study Group from Peninsula Covenant Church.
According to the Contra Costa Times (5/12/12), faith is central to his surgical practice, and he prays with patients before surgery.
He does nine surgeries a day twice a week. While he is doing surgery in one room, a second room is used for preparing patients for the next operation.
His methods streamline the entire process. He uses minimal invasive surgery with a limited incision and dissection that is less traumatic to tissue than traditional surgery. Many times a patient goes home in the afternoon, and without the severe pain that had plagued them for so long.
Dr. Dearborn’s patients are in their 60s and 70s and he has treated 90 year olds. And he is very popular with patients, putting them totally at ease throughout the process.
Washington Hospital has seen such a surge of patients, due to Dr. Dearborn’s work, that a third floor had to be added..
Here is a Christian in the workplace, one who spends time in prayer and then sees the lame walk. Seems we know of another man like that in another time who also prayed and saw the lame walk.
Our sincere thanks to writer Lisa M. Krieger who wrote the story, “DOCTOR, HOSPITAL IN BUSINESS OF RESTORATION: Surgeon’s hip, knee replacements have rejuvenated patients, facility,” which provided some of the information for this story.