By TYLER MASK
Any organization is a reflection of its employees. Palo Pinto General Hospital is no exception to this rule. From hard-working individuals born for the medical field to workers who see their job as an outlet to show their faith in action, PPGH has a staff that is diverse, yet intertwined in many ways. However, one value that rings true through all of the staff is their desire to serve patients with the best care possible, which can be summed up in the words of Radiology Director Joe Erwin, RT.
“I enjoy the patients,” Erwin said. “I enjoy talking to them and visiting with patients and taking care of them. My philosophy is, I try to treat everyone like they are my mom or my dad.”
Erwin was born and raised in Bellevue, Texas. For a period of time, he moved off to the Texas Panhandle because of his father's work in the oil industry. But they eventually found themselves back in their hometown.
After Erwin graduated from high school, he headed off to Midwestern State in Wichita Falls, pursuing his basics.
Erwin didn't know exactly what he wanted to do at first, but between the two booming fields at the time, computers and medical, he felt like medical would be a better fit. He threw out many ideas in the field, but was eventually led to the X-ray program, the field he has grown to love over the years.
“I am glad I picked [radiology],” Erwin said. “I haven't regretted it. It was just a toss in the hat really, I guess. I don't know that anyone really knows what they want to do when they are 20 years old. You think you know. I think I made a lucky pick.”
During this time, his clinicals were based out of San Angelo, a bit too far away from his family.