I grew up in a small agricultural town in the central valley of California. As you drove north on Highway 65, you were greeted by a sign that read “Lindsay: A Nice Town, A Great Olive.” Elementary school field trips to the olive plant were a regular occurrence and holiday Lindsay Olive Fancy Packs were a part of every celebration.
My father was a doctor in town. He was that kind of doctor you don’t find anymore. His practice included general surgery, delivering babies, school physicals, and treating grandma’s diabetes. He knew everyone in town. He would call his patients from home in the evenings to check up on them. If he got a page from the hospital and one of his patients was in the emergency room, he would drive down there and see them himself.
He had a relationship with his patients. A trust that he would be there for them.
I grew up with an example of service.
I joined the Navy to pay for medical school. My paternal grandfather served in the Navy and it made sense that I would follow in his footsteps. I didn’t think I would stay for a career, but 22 years goes by quickly and I have had experiences and the opportunity to grow that I would not have had in any other organization.
Just like all of you, I was shaped by my upbringing. For me it was small town, medical family, military service, reliability, and relationships.
1stCallHEALTH is built out of those values.
We are Focused on Relationships,
Anchored in Service, and Dedicated to Safe-Keeping.
We’re So Glad You’re Here.
Karen Leigh Matthews, MD MBA
Chief Executive Officer