Once again, our co-founder, Dr. Chuck Dietzen, has made everyone at iSALUS Healthcare extremely proud by being named the winner of the James Keller Award from The Christophers, Inc. First presented in 1949, the Christopher Awards were established by Father James Keller to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Their goal is to encourage men, women, and children to pursue excellence in creative arenas that have the potential to influence a mass audience positively. Award winners encourage audiences to see the better side of human nature and motivate artists and the general public to use their best instincts on behalf of others.
Here is an excerpt about Dr. Chuck’s award from a press release published by The Christophers:
“The James Keller Award, named after The Christophers’ founder, recognizes individuals who are positively shaping the lives of children. Past winners include Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
Dr. Chuck Dietzen has been helping kids all his life, thanks to the influence of his parents who took in 150 foster children over 20 years. Regarding his mother and father, he said, “My parents didn’t preach giving and caring for others. They demonstrated it on a regular basis.” When he decided to pursue a medical career in pediatrics, his background in sports led him to physical rehabilitation as a specialty, working with disabled kids. His mission expanded more in 1997, after an encounter with Mother Teresa. From her, he learned, “Be ordinary, but have an extraordinary mission.”
That experience prompted Dr. Chuck to ask himself, “Why did God put me here?” The answer he came up with was, “I’m here to save every child I can, and do what I can to relieve suffering. But the other part of that is revealing to others that we weren’t all born to be doctors and nurses, but we were all born to be healers.” Soon after, Dr. Chuck founded Timmy Global Health, which enlists students and medical volunteers in its mission to bring healthcare to those in need around the world. The organization is named after Dr. Chuck’s brother who died a few days after birth, and it was developed as a living legacy to pediatric hospice.
Dr. Chuck has come to see his patients as “Pint-Sized Prophets,” the title of the book for which he is also winning a Christopher Award this year. He says, “I think the beauty of this work is when you allow yourself to get close enough to these kids, your heart will be broken and, at the same time, healed...They are incredible souls who were sent here to make us better, to make us more compassionate, more kind, more human.”
According to The Christopher’s website, the organization is based on Father James Keller, M.M., being convinced of the profound ability of each person to shape the future. Father Keller founded The Christophers in 1945. The Maryknoll priest believed that God has given each individual a special task in life which belongs to no one else. That sense of personal mission and the power of goodness is the heart of the Christopher message. You can learn more about The Christophers, Inc., and read the full press release here: https://www.christophers.org/special-awards-2017
Please join all of us here at iSALUS Healthcare in congratulating Dr. Chuck in yet another accolade he will receive on his journey of improving the way healthcare is delivered around the world.
If you would like to learn more about Timmy Global Health click here: http://timmyglobalhealth.org
If you want to learn more about iSALUS Healthcare, an organization Dr. Dietzen helped to co-found based on the idea that doctors should be able to spend more time with the patients instead of more time documenting, click here: http://isalushealthcare.com
A copy of Pint-Sized Prophet, by Dr. Chuck Dietzen, is available for purchase through Amazon and Barnes and Nobles.