Serving with Heart is a special recognition for members of the CHI family who make extraordinary, heroic efforts to serve the needs of patients, colleagues, neighbors, strangers or entire communities, either where they live or in other places where they are needed.

Here are some examples of Serving with Heart recipients and their inspiring expressions of the CHI spirit in service to others:

  • A 2002 medical mission trip to Reynosa, Mexico, forever changed family practice physician Rob Rhodes, MD, and his perspective on medical needs at home. The trip led to wonderful things, including Clinic with a Heart, which serves uninsured and underinsured patients in Lincoln, NE; and, Rob’s recognition as one of “50 Heroes, 50 States” by MONEY magazine. (Read his story)

  • For years, pediatrician Xavier Sevilla, MD, worked in a clinic on the west coast of Florida: a federally qualified health center that welcomed and treated young patients regardless of their families’ ability to pay.  When he made a career change to Colorado, he knew he wanted to continue his volunteer work.  He found the Rocky Mountain Youth Clinic in Aurora. (Read his story)
  • Mary Beard, RN, realized her long-time dream of opening a free clinic in Conway, AR, where she was born. She purchased a building; recruited physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, technicians and administrative support staff to volunteer their time; and learned to make the most of all the health care and pharmaceutical assistance programs she can find. Today, her clinic serves more than 650 people a year. (Read her story)
  • Trekking to the climbers’ base camp on Mt. Everest is a tremendous challenge even for the fittest of athletes. For 14 cancer survivors from Iowa, it was an impossible dream come true. Led by oncologist Richard Deming, MD, the survivors ran the world’s highest-ever Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, at 17,590 feet. (Read his story)

Learn more about our Serving with Heart heroes.