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Each spring, Highland Park Country Club bursts at the seams with supporters and friends of the Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center (MRW), a special place within NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Highland Park Hospital, dedicated to promoting health and education throughout the community. Eileen Rubenstein Goldstein and Paul D. Goldstein, M.D., lead the charge in the way of an annual fund-raiser and luncheon in honor of Eileen’s sister, the Center’s namesake. Every year, the group honors a person who has made a tremendous impact on the community, and this year’s choice is a familiar North Shore face.
“Since its inception, the Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center has been committed to educating, supporting, and empowering the patient,” remarks Jane Sarnoff, longtime MRW Executive Committee member and donor. “Throughout his tenure, Dr. David P. Winchester has embodied this mission, and we are delighted to be able to honor him at this year’s luncheon on May 2.”
Recently, Sheridan Road sat down one-on-one with Dr. Winchester.
Sheridan Road: What are the qualities about you and your practice that made you this year’s honoreeDr. David P. Winchester: I am indeed honored to receive this prestigious award. Dr. David P. Winchester: I am indeed honored to receive this prestigious award.As to why I was chosen this year, I have to assume that it’s related to the fact that I have been at NorthShore for my entire career, and I’ve had a four-decade experience as a surgical oncologist, which means I’ve interacted with countless cancer patients through the years. I’ve always tried to be honest and objective, but at the same time, compassionate and optimistic.
SR: A patient is always looking to make the most of her face-to-face time with her doctor. We know what we want from you, what do you like to see from your patients?
DPW: I always like to see a relative or friend with the patient, so there are two listeners. After thoroughly explaining all the options to the patient, I like to make a recommendation based on my experience, which is usually appreciated. One of my jobs is to help patients with a life-threatening situation to face and conquer the disease, with a message of hope and optimism. They need to understand the importance of their treatment program and follow through with recommendations.
SR: Once a patient is complete with her treatment, what role does education play as she makes her transition from patient to survivor?
DPW: A lot of people don’t appreciate this transition. For that transition to be as smooth as possible, education is essential. Cancer patients face many unknowns when dealing with looking to the future. They need well-structured support and education to deal with the unknowns. Well-designed survivorship programs, like the one the MRW supports, have in fact evolved into what I regard as an invaluable resource.
SR: Why is the resource of the MRW integral to those living on the North Shore?
DPW: I wish we had more MRWs around the country. The key words with the MRW are “health” and “resource.” By health, of course, we all refer to a healthy lifestyle including the right diet, exercise, and a healthy dose of positive thinking. That can best be implemented by the professionals and volunteers in this exemplary North Shore resource.
The Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center Luncheon takes place on May 2. Tickets can be purchased by calling 847-926-5003.
—By Stacy Flannery