Doctor honored for work with nurses
Provided to the Star October 8, 2013 12:24PM
Dr. Sudhish Chandra
Updated: October 14, 2013 8:25AM
Sudhish Chandra is this year’s recipient of Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point’s St. Raphael Award, which, since 2005, has recognized physicians who have helped improve patient care through their relationship with the nursing staff.
Chandra, a neonatologist who has been medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit since it opened two years ago, has been with Franciscan St. Anthony Health for eight of his 25 years in the profession.
He also has served with Franciscan St. Margaret Health.
“This is very humbling. Being recognized by your peers is special because it brings a warm, human aspect to it,” Chandra said of the award, which is named for Raphael, an archangel and patron saint of physicians and nurses.
The honor is presented by the hospital’s Performance Improvement Council-Shared Decision-Making, following nominations it receives from nurses.
Chandra said he pursued neonatology after one of his two, now-grown sons nearly died at age 2.
“That pushed me; it gave me a special desire to help those children and their parents because I feel their pain; I know what they’re going through,” he said, adding, “There is no better feeling for me than when I see a child recover and have a normal life.”
Chandra said he has treated some 600 prematurely born infants, aged 23 to 42 weeks, since the unit opened and “remembers them all.”
The smallest child for whom he has cared weighed but 13 ounces but improved “and now is about 2 years old and runs around.”