Stonewall McCuiston: A doctor who is always in the house

November 14, 2018

“Those who say there are no heroes don’t know where to look.”

This Ronald Reagan quote describes Riverside Medical Center’s Samaritan of the Year award to Dr. Stonewall McCuiston, who has been selflessly running the hospital’s health center in Hopkins Park since 1989.

“While many medical centers and physicians might refuse to treat patients on Medicaid, McCuiston and the Hopkins Park Riverside clinic turn none away,” an article in last weekend’s Journal noted.

Medicare, which purports to provide health insurance for the poor, has been notorious for poor payments, insufficient in amount and very slow to arrive, which has hurt the program and the impoverished patients who are supposed to be covered.

But not in Hopkins Park, thanks to Dr. McCuiston’s dedication, which was described by Venessa Capps, his longtime nurse practitioner, as “very compassionate.’’

Riverside President Phil Kambic said McCuiston personified the definition of “giver,” while Board President Tim Milner said his dedication recalled Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

The award was given last Thursday before a large crowd of employees and backers of the hospital.

Dr. McCuiston, who somehow finds the time to participate in a long list of community projects, said the most rewarding part of his practice is when a cured patient come up and says, “Hey, that’s my doctor.”

Well done, doctor.

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