Business: Hendrick Health/Texas Midwest Emergency Physicians
Job title: Emergency Medicine Medical Director
Why are you working in this industry? It combines two of my biggest interests: science and service
What are three daily habits that have helped you to become successful? Reading/study, prayer, and time with family.
Who is the person who most influenced you in business? Our hospital executives have been so gracious. This was my first job after residency, and they have gone to great lengths to cultivate me as a leader. They lead as servants, empowering the people under their direction to achieve whatever goals have been set. Their style has taught me that good leaders also take ultimate responsibility when there are significant challenges. They are not quick to assign blame for failures but look at systems first.
What do you want to be doing in 10 years? I love what I’m doing now: taking care of people in some of their most vulnerable times in the Emergency Department, contributing to the administration of the highest quality healthcare in West Texas, and building a stronger network of opportunities for everyone in our region to access that care.
What was your first summer job? I worked as a ranch hand for Ed Sayre in Stephens County (although I’m pretty sure I got more from his mentorship than he got from my labor)
Where will we find you enjoying your hard-earned time off? I like to spend my time off at home with my family or enjoying the outdoors, hunting, fishing, skiing, etc.
If you were to give one piece of advice to someone starting out in your field what would it be? Integrity is the most important thing in your professional life. It means doing what you say your going to do and giving it 100%. It means staying honest, especially when that is not convenient. It means being yourself. And it means being able to look people in the eye and shoot straight because you don’t have anything to hide.
First Central Presbyterian Church – Deacon
Texas Police Commissioners Association – Medical Consultant for Officer Safety Committee
Commissioned officer in United States Army Reserve
Abilene Meals on Wheels – volunteer
Elm Creek Citizens Association – member
FirstCare Health Insurance – board member
Hendrick Foundation – member
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Master of Physician Assistant Studies – Clinical Preceptor
Hardin Simmons University Master of Physician Assistant Studies – Clinical Preceptor
Family: My wife, Melissa, a teacher by training, stays home now and raises our 3 beautiful girls: Maddie age 11, Hannah age 4, and Abby age 3.
She is absolutely incredible. Despite raising the 3 girls, often by herself and supporting me and my career 100%, she is devoted to our community, serving at our Church, participating in BSF, serving regularly at the food pantry, meals on wheels, and school PTO.
My parents, Ed (Stephens County Commissioner/retired Texas Game Warden) and Lela Russell (retired teacher) who taught me the value of hard work, perseverance, education, and service.