Post college, he worked in San Angelo for a couple of years before he and his wife agreed that it was time to head a little closer to home. The only problem was his family was somewhat dispersed. His parents were still in Bellevue, while his siblings had moved to Decatur and Burleson. Enter Mineral Wells, a somewhat central location on the map in comparison to his family.
“We wanted to move back a little closer to home because we were thinking about having kids. … that's really what brought me here,” Erwin said.
As fate would have it, there was a job opening at PPGH, and Erwin landed it with ease. Fast forward a little more than 18 years, and Erwin is still working with PPGH.
Although he signed on in 1995, by 2000, he was director of the radiology department. During this time, Erwin has seen the hospital change a lot. He even remembers a time when there was no day surgery wing.
But the hospital growth has still remained cozy enough to maintain the family feel common to community hospitals.
“The smaller-sized hospital is what I like as well,” Erwin said. “Not too big. You get lost in the crowd. The good thing about a smaller hospital is that you can be more personable with patients. You can actually have a little bit more time to talk the them. The bigger places, you just don't have time to do that. When they say you're a number at a bigger hospital, it's just because they are so busy.”
On a daily basis, Erwin strives to maintain a family mentality. From serving his employees in the little things and even getting down in the trenches with them, to caring for patients as if they were his own, no one is an exception to his family philosophy.