For some, the 12-hour workdays like those once experienced by Saint Luke's OB-GYN physician Malaika Woods, M.D., could be a relentless grind: delivering babies, performing abdominal surgery, then treating patients in one of Saint Luke's Community Service Clinics. But to Dr. Woods, it was a higher calling.
Saint Luke's plays a unique role in the community as an independent academic medical center, where doctors, nurses, and other medical specialists not only treat some of the region's sickest patients, but also conduct life-saving research. Philanthropy plays a vital role in maintaining such programs not supported by patient fees.
Funding the Future
Unrestricted, general contributions from donors like you are both versatile and critical to sustaining Saint Luke's unique role in the community as a private teaching hospital, a center for research, and a provider of charity care.
Such gifts fund the areas where the needs are greatest. They help provide hands-on experience for doctors and first-class health care for patients with little or no insurance. And they also enable us to train the minds and hands of resident physicians, which included Dr. Woods.
"I received excellent mentoring and training at Saint Luke's," Dr. Woods said. "It equipped me to be a confident and capable physician with an appreciation for the needs of the less fortunate."