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Smiling on Our Work

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

“At that time: Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there. Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel” (Matthew 15:29-37)

In Matthew today we read how Jesus cured the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute and many others. The crowds were amazed when they heard the mute speaking and saw the deformed made whole, the lame walking and the blind able to see. All glorified God. Recently the Avera eHelm went live thanks to a generous gift from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. We toured with the entire Helmsley Trust team (after appropriate consents) thru the eICU® hub, ePharmacy, eEmergency and the entire eHelm. As the tour was finishing, the eEmergency team received a trauma code, which brought home to the Helmsley Trust team the importance of this work for all of our regions.

Unfortunately the survival rate for those experiencing a trauma code is very smallbut eEmergency is having an impact on these patients. I wonder, would the crowds be amazed? Would Jesus be pleased with this ministry that uses technology to help the lame walk and the deformed made whole? I believe Jesus would be pleased with Avera as we care for the sick, the poor and the marginalized of our ministry, and He would smile upon our work.


Dear Lord,

thank You for the gift of life.

We appreciate Your presence in our daily lives.

We cherish the opportunity to serve the healing ministry of Avera.

Guide us and bless our healing hands

as we serve the ministry of Jesus.


Dr. David Erickson
Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer, Avera

ISAIAH 25:6-10A • PSALM 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6 • MATTHEW 15:29-37

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