Two Franciscan St. Margaret Health physicians recently received St. Luke Awards, annually given on behalf of nurses from both the Dyer and Hammond campuses to honor excellence in service to patients and staff.
Ravi Bhagwat, M.D., a cardiologist who has been with Franciscan St. Margaret Health since he started practicing in 1987, received the award for the Hammond campus; while Ben Adeyemi, M.D., an anesthesiologist who began practicing in 2001 and has been with Franciscan Alliance since 2003, received the honor for the Dyer campus. Adeyemi recently was appointed director of anesthesiology for Franciscan Physicians Hospital in Munster.
Also known as the doctor of the year honor, the St. Luke Award has been presented at Franciscan St. Margaret Health since 2008 “in recognition of extraordinary efforts in maintaining excellent rapport with nurses, providing educational mentoring and leadership and exhibiting a collaborative approach to patient care, which shows respect for the nursing profession and to the mission of the Sisters of St. Francis,” according Kathy O’Donnell, physician liaison.
St. Luke is the patron saint of physicians.
The awards were presented to the physicians by Tom Gryzbek, hospital president, during ceremonies packed with applauding nursing staff members and hospital officials at each campus
Among nomination comments, nurses said Bhagwat is kind to staff members and patients alike and is an excellent teacher loved by coworkers and all with whom he comes into contact.
Bhagwat thanked the nurses and said he was honored to work with them and grateful to Franciscan St. Margaret Health for the opportunity to practice there. “I have no regrets; I am the happiest man today,” he added.
Nurses complimented Adeyemi, calling him one of the most caring and knowledgeable physicians on staff -- one who puts the needs of others first and is loved by patients, who are his priority. He also was lauded for being a “superuser” for the hospitals’ implementation of the Epic electronic medical records program – a role in which he helped the surgery department transition to the system.
Adeyemi said he was humbled and honored by the recognition “that goes beyond me, to everyone who helps make the patient experience a good one.”