Clark's desire to teach never died. On a regular basis, he teaches classes to the hospital staff. He has been an instructor for the American Heart Association, teaching advanced cardiac life-support classes for more than 20 years.
Even his military degree in electronics goes to work for him, helping him utilize an ever-changing array of medical equipment in a creative and proactive manner.
“Many years ago, I was able to talk the hospital into getting a vascular ultrasound machine – something that most hospitals at that time didn't have, and I perfected a technique to start IVs with ultrasound guidance.”
Not only does all of PPGH utilize Clark's abilities, but even hospitals from Fort Worth and Weatherford send patients needing IVs to Clark. Whether veins are too small or too deep to hit, Clark's track record is flawless with his ultrasound technique, he said.
“Almost daily, they call me from all over the hospital,” Clark said. “When they can't get an IV started, they call me.”
Beyond Clark's list of technological innovations, Clark goes the second mile for patients and staff. From voluntarily being on call through the weekends, to making night visits when needed, Clark always puts others before himself.
“I'm and old school nurse,” Clark said. “My primary goal is to care for patients. I treat every patient special. I don't care whether they're the richest person in the county or living under a bridge, they're treated exactly the same by me. Patient satisfaction has always been important to me as well as employee satisfaction. I take care of my staff.”
From fixing vehicles to helping with house repairs, Clark goes a third mile to ensure his staff are doing well in the field and at home. To make things better, he even prepares meals for his staff on days that are extremely busy and stressful. Yesterday, he made bean soup.