November 24, 2009
ABH physicians lauded for dedication, service excellence
Bolingbrook – Five Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital physicians were recognized for outstanding dedication and service excellence. Nominated by hospital staff and chosen by the executive team, these physicians clearly demonstrate they are living the mission of Adventist Midwest Health in their personal and professional lives.
Burr Ridge resident Dr. James Rejowski, an otolaryngologist, received the award in the excellence category. He is the first physician to serve as president of the medical staff at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, which opened in January 2008. He has been affiliated with Adventist Midwest Health since 1983. His tenure as president of the Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital staff ends in December.
“Dr. Rejowski’s experience and leadership have helped make the our hospital a remarkable success,” said Rick Mace, chief executive officer of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. “He has led and inspired our physicians in giving the highest possible quality of care.”
Rejowski deflected the credit to his colleagues.
“Working with outstanding, gifted leaders is a blessing,” Rejowski said. “I treasure the time I have spent here as president of the medical staff and I’m looking forward to continuing to being a part of it.”
Willowbrook resident Dr. Jesse Wardlow, an otolaryngologist, was given the value award in Christian service. He joined the Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital staff when the facility opened. He is also on the staff of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, and served at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital from 2000 to 2008.
“Dr. Wardlow is always aware of the detailed needs of his patients and their families,” Mace said. “His ability to speak to his Spanish-speaking patients in their language does much to foster a trusting patient-doctor relationship.”
Wardlow, who has a master’s degree in counseling in addition to his medical degree, said his education and experience guides his treatment style.
“My philosophy is to listen very closely to patients and treat them the way I would want to be treated,” Wardlow said. “Communication is key.”
Emergency physician Dr. Carlos Martinez, a resident of Downers Grove, was given the award in integrity. He has been affiliated with Bolingbrook since it opened, and has been affiliated with Adventist Midwest Health since 2004.
“Dr. Martinez has truly won the trust and respect of not only his patients and their families, but with the other professionals at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital,” Mace said.
“We all practice good medicine,” Martinez said. “I try to do more to help the emergency department run efficiently. It takes teamwork.”
Dr. Ramadevi Davarapalli was given the award in stewardship. She specializes in internal medicine and speaks Tulugu in addition to English. Dr. Anjum Owaisi was given the award in inclusiveness. She is a specialist in infectious diseases and internal medicine and also speaks Hindi and Urdu.