Dr. Garold Minns received a lifetime achievement award from the Wichita Business Journal as part of the newspaper’s annual Health Care Heroes recognitions. Minns, who is dean of the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, also serves as Sedgwick County public health officer and has been a point person during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s been very difficult to meld the medical issues with the economic and political issues,” Minns told the newspaper. Minns also said that he always tries to be mindful of the lives any decision would impact. “I don’t want people to get sick, but I also want them to make their house payment.”
Ten MSSC physicians were recognized as heroes: Drs. Maurice Duggins, Tracy Williams, Jany Moussa, Taylor Bertschy, Jeremy Deutsch, Brian Goentzel, Maggie Hagan, Maha Assi, Jon Parks and Chloe Steinshouer. Dr. Duggins, who was recognized for community outreach, views medicine as a ministry. “Medicine, from its foundation, has been to help the vulnerable.” Dr. Moussa, who was recognized for health care education, said he believes the purpose of having knowledge is to share it with others. “Teaching is what makes me excited to go to work every day,” he said.