Physician Tim McVay spoke to 26 in attendance for St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary’s quarterly meeting Thursday.
McVay told how his Christian faith has helped guide his career in medicine, and how his holistic approach impacts his practice.
“I try to treat the whole person,” McVay said. “There’s a spiritual element to that as well. I’ve found a lot of people actually want to talk about their faith.”
McVay will travel to Turkey this week as part of a mission trip. He said his group will pass through territory adjacent to that of the terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State.
He asked auxiliary members to pray for him as he embarks on his eight-day trip. He said it is the first of multiple potential visits.
In club business, president Lenore Dieter announced that the auxiliary had received the Gold Award from Hospital Auxiliaries of Kansas. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an auxiliary in Kansas, she said.
The award recognizes the efforts of volunteers to keep the auxiliary growing and making money to help the hospital.
Treasurer Eileen Sieger announced that monthly revenues are much higher than they were last year.
St. Luke CEO Jeremy Ensey thanked volunteers for their efforts which recently resulted in a $20,000 donation to the hospital.
The donation will be used to remodel the radiology department, Ensey said.