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ER physician receives 2014 Caring Spirit Award

Staff Report

Dr. Keith Borg, left, accepts his award from Pastoral Cares and Interpreter Services manager Chaplain Terry L. Wilson. photo provided

The MUSC Pastoral Care Service staff presented their eighth annual Caring Spirit Award to Keith T. Borg, M.D.,Ph.D., associate professor, Division of Emergency Medicine.

This award was presented Nov. 20 with the purpose of honoring a faculty or staff member for Pastoral Care Week in mid–October.  

The goals of the Caring Spirit Award are: provide spiritual care to patients and families; support MUSC Pastoral and Spiritual Care’s mission; help to foster community among clergy and hospital staff; and initiate this year’s Pastoral Care Week theme, “Spritual Well-Being.”

Borg, who hails from Irmo, is a 2000 graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Program in the College of Graduate Studies. He was formerly at Emory University and Grady Hospitals in Atlanta before returning to Charleston in 2006. Borg went on to complete his residency at the University of Cincinnati Emergency Medicine program.

Borg was nominated by Rev. George Rossi, Pastoral Care Services chaplain. Rossi and the chaplaincy staff regularly work with Borg and the adult and pediatric Emergency Department teams to provide compassionate patient care and employee support.  

“Dr. Borg is a physician who strives to bring harmony, peace and wholeness to his pediatric, adolescent and adult patients. His focus on the person and humanness of each patient is an excellent example of a physician who sees the whole person and not just the illness of the patient. He is calm, compassionate, caring and grounded. He leads the team to focus on healing that includes the physical, emotional and spirtual needs of patients,” wrote Rossi, in his nomination letter.

Borg was equally gracious in praising colleagues.

“The Pastoral Care team are the real heroes around the hospital. They do the lion’s share in supporting the patient and their families at the bedside, units and department areas. My role is to get the team together, including our chaplains, to ensure that patients receive both the best medical and spritual care possible. We are advocates for the needs of our patients,” said Borg.

Previous Caring Spirit winners include Steve Saef, M.D., Adult Emergency Medicine; Michelle Sharp, R.N. Pediatrics; Luc Gagne, R.N., MSICU; Kissia Randolph, R.N., ART; Tyrone Vanish, STICU; Karanne Campbell, R.N., Grace Close (Pastoral Cares - honorary); and Mario Castillo-Sang, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Other 2014 Caring Spirit award nominees included: Christina Stone, R.N., 1West; Dottie Weiss, R.N., 6West ART; and Bruce Crookes, M.D., Division of General Surgery.

January 6, 2015



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