Let me draw your attention to one of Dr. Berk's key messages:
"The accident is a terrible thing but it opened up my eyes to a lot of other areas where we [The University of Rochester Medical Center] can really do something unique and I am very excited about that," he says. "Part of what drove me to come back was the opportunity to take advantage of my personal experiences as a patient. I want to take the positives that I saw as a patient and make them happen routinely at the Medical Center, and I want to make sure the negatives don't happen."
Dr. Berk reflects on the many healing encounters with the members of his healthcare team over the months since his accident. He hopes to find ways to institutionalize (in the most positive sense of the word) such compassionate care.
"It is a great opportunity to make this an even better place for patients and providers," Berk says....It's as much about caring for each other as it is about caring for our patients."