Created on Saturday, 22 December 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Dr. Erin Maley, a pediatrician practicing at Logan View Pediatrics and Mary Rutan Hospital, was recently awarded the New Doctor Award by Medical Economics Magazine for sharing the story of her family’s tragic journey and how the tragedy affects the care she now provides every day.
Only three months out of training and two months into her new position at Logan View Pediatrics, Dr. Maley’s world was turned upside down when a tragic car accident claimed the life of her husband, partially paralyzed her daughter and she received critical injuries.
Local pediatrician Erin Maley, who won the New Doctor Award by Medical Economics Magazine, and her daughter Summer share a story.
Through the published article titled PICU Mom, MD, Dr. Maley shares how living eight weeks in a children’s hospital at her daughters bedside taught her some of her greatest lessons about being a physician and truly caring for her patients.
“It taught me invaluable lessons about practicing medicine far beyond what I learned from textbooks and journals,” she said in the article.
“By incorporating these lessons into my daily practice, it transforms my patients’ experience with the medical world from one that is many times impersonal and frightening, to one in which my patients feel genuinely cared for.”
The past two years have been filled with indescribable emotional tolls, but also great strides and accomplishments for Dr. Maley.
Most importantly, Dr. Maley’s young daughter, Summer, has fully recovered after nearly a year of therapy and even longer in supportive neck braces. Summer can now run, jump, laugh and play.
“She is truly my miracle,” Dr. Maley explains.
Writing has been therapeutic for Dr. Maley, but it is her faith and network of supportive family and friends to which she attributes her emotional healing.
Hoping to win items from Pandora for Christmas gifts, she recently entered a video contest by the company sharing how much a Pandora bracelet given to her by her late husband Ryan means to her today.
In her video, she shared the meaning of several charms on her bracelet, including ones given to her by Ryan and two she has since added.
“The first is a Bible because my faith is the only thing that has held me together, sometimes by only threads, through this trying time.
“Second is a charm with multiple hearts that represents how it has been God’s love demonstrated to me through numerous people that is helping me heal.”
Based on her submission video, Dr. Maley was chosen to travel to New York City as a part of a national marketing campaign for the company.
In addition, the local pediatrician and her daughter were selected for a multimedia nationwide fundraising campaign
“Season of Giving” for Ronald McDonald House Charities, and were featured in USA Today, The Columbus Dispatch and other national media sources.
Ronald McDonald House provided housing and services for Dr. Maley during Summer’s long stay at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati.
CLICK HERE to listen to Dr. Maley tell her story via the Ronald McDonald House Charities Website at www.rmhc.org. Note: The page may take a minute or two to load, so please be patient — it's worth the wait.