TotalCare Seeks to Restore Body and Soul

TotalCare Seeks to Restore Body and Soul

TotalCare serves families with primary, urgent and emergency care. With Christ as his foundation, Wes Saade, M.D., leads the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area organization in serving the community. The Best Christian Workplaces Institute also recently named Total Care one of its best places to work.

28 Minutes • 2 months ago

Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

Guest: Dr. Wes Saade

TotalCare serves families with primary, urgent and emergency care. With Christ as his foundation, Wes Saade, M.D., leads the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area organization in serving the community.

The Best Christian Workplaces Institute also recently named Total Care one of its best places to work.

Introduction

Marti Pieper: I'm Marty Pieper and you're listening to Charisma Connection. Today I want to introduce you to my new friend, Dr. Wes Saade, a board-certified family physician and founder of Total Care, which serves patients in the Greater Fort Worth, Texas area. Welcome, Dr. Saade, I am super excited to talk with you today, and one of the reasons is I've been online and I've been reading your two blogs. I can tell that we share a love of stories and the way God uses those stories to connect people to His truth. There's this story on your blog that touched me so much. I went home and shared it with my husband, and I just know our listeners will love it too. Could you could you tell us how God spoke to you about who can I help today?

Dr. Wes Saaade’s Books

·         Healthy Leadership: A Doctor’s Prescription for Becoming a Better Leader

·         40 Treasures From 40 Years of Wisdom: Lessons in Life and Leadership from Dr. Wes Saade

·         Healthy Leadership Journal

Dr. Wes Saade: Yes, absolutely. It's an honor to speak to your listeners. I have had had a heart to speak and to write, and minister to Christian leaders. As a physician, I've been practicing since 2006. there's been a lot of instances where I feel like the Lord brought a patient or employee or a colleague, and led me and changed my perspective on different things. So, with the blog that you referred to, and I appreciate you reading it and sharing it with your husband, it was a simple patient encounter where I went in and it was the end of the day, and I worked a 12-hour day. So, it was the last patient and you know how it is when you are ready to go home. I don't care if you're a doctor, or a minister, you're ready to leave. So, I went in and I had my smile, and I said, how can I help you? I quickly looked at this patient's chart. I had not seen them before; a colleague of mine had seen them. It had said: patient results. So, I looked at the CT scan, and the CT scan showed that patient’s liver had had some spots. In the quickness of that encounter before, I had not noticed that this patient had breast cancer. So, I went in and I said, the CT scan showed some spots. I don't know that this is necessarily bad, but we need to look into a little bit further. As I was talking to them and reviewing the chart, I noticed the husband's face; his countenance changed. You can tell that there's something there. Later reflecting back, I knew that at that moment, he was thinking in his mind that cancer is back. Once I realized that, oh my gosh, this is a situation where probably their cancer is back and I said this is something we definitely have to look into. But I had the choice to make and I feel like the Lord taught me a lesson that night that, in our encounters whether as a doctor or as an accountant, or as a salesman of any sort, sometimes you have choices to make. I could have at that moment said I'm really sorry, I'll refer you tomorrow to the specialist and let's take care of this. Or, I could have slowed down. I don't care so I had to stay there another hour and really try to emphasize and pray with them and minister to them. This is kind of the story of leadership. Godly leadership is when we decide at the moment to make our workplaces a place of spiritual healing and not just a place of business, where we are just nice to people. That story that you referenced was a moment that I will always remember. Just slowing down, minister to people, don't just be cordial. Go beyond that and minister to their heart. So, thank you for referencing that article.

Marti Pieper: I love it. It has already impacted me just as I think of it, as you said, taking the time to slow down and recognize people as people in that situation. You are helping me feed right into my next question, because one of our producers noticed your workplace was named by Best Christian Workplaces as a Best Place to Work. I'm sure what you just shared with us plays into that. But could you tell us a little bit about what makes Total Care different; why it would stand out from other clinics, other family practices?

Dr. Wes Saade: When I started my practice, we wanted God to be at the center. And we wanted God to be at the center because of the simple reason that I think every believer is called to full-time ministry. Some may be called to church ministry and some should be called to marketplace ministry. If you see yourself as a leader … and I see myself as a leader, as a missionary. We’re all missionaries, and we're all sent for the Great Commission. So, the question that we have to answer at the beginning, is do we see everything we do, as founders of this organization, as putting God in the center of our personal lives … everything we do, whether it's business or health care or being a doctor or whatnot, is at the center. So, this is kind of where it started. It is putting God in the center of our lives, putting God in the center of our business. And from that came several things that I'm happy to share with you things that we did, but it came from that heart and from that center. The organization that gave us that award, and it's a great organization, we learned about them about two, three years ago. We said we’re already doing these things. Why not proclaim it and when I get this award and put it in the wall, and that way we're telling our patients, not just in other things that we do, but we are certified from this organization. So, what this organization does is they come in, and they give an anonymous survey to the employees and if you score a beyond a certain number, you get that award. So, this is kind of how it started. But some of the things that we do we, we have a Bible study once a week for our employees, and it's not mandatory. It's important to say that we cannot cross certain legal boundaries where we cannot force people to do certain things. We have a chaplain, and we pray with our patient. We have a prayer box, and then I can go more into detail if you'd like me to. But I just wanted to kind of say that the heart of it, it started by seeing ourselves as a place of ministry, even though that's not the label, so to speak, on the building.

Marti Pieper: So, even the name of your practice, Total Care, at first, I was thinking that probably referred to the different services you provide. But maybe God has an underlying meaning for it.

Dr. Wes Saade: Yes, you're right. You know, when we first came up with the name, we prayed over it like or anything we do. We thought at the time, and I think we still like the name, that it's kind of catchy and memorable like people should do in their businesses, have a good brand and a good name. But over the years, that name has taken on different meanings for us. From the beginning, like I said, we wanted to minister to people. So, it has been a good name for our organization and for what we want to do.

Marti Pieper: That's great. One of the things I know I appreciated when I looked at your website was that you are, even today, open about your faith. And, you even have you even have a Bible verse right on your website. I'd love to hear from you some of the Bible verses that have really encouraged you as a family physician and as a leader.

·         Psalm 78:72: So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands” (MEV).

Dr. Wes Saade: Amen. Well, I believe that today as Christian leaders, church leaders, business leaders, political leaders, we do not need to be in retreat. A lot of times when I hear the news, I feel like believers are in retreat. We’re sometimes ashamed to say that I'm a Christian. But I'm proud to be a Christian. I am proud to be a follower of Jesus Christ, proud to live the Christian ethics. And I'm proud to call him my Father. We are blessed to be in a country where we can say that freely and without persecution. So, we need not be afraid, and we do not need to be ashamed; we need to be bold about it. Of course, there are nuances to it and you don't want to say this or that, and that's fine. but the heart of the matter is when we make a stand, and when we agree to defend our faith and our beliefs in our society … it could be in a small way, like putting up a Bible verse, or it could be a chapter or it could be in different ways. So, I'm glad that we've been able to do that. There's one verse that comes to mind when it comes to leadership that I keep close to my heart and it is Psalm 78:72. It says, “and David shepherded them with integrity of heart. With skillful hands he led them.” I'm always reminded that men and women of God must lead. People must lead the community, must lead organizations first with integrity of heart. What does that mean? To me, it's a heart that loves the Lord and that loves people. It's not a fake heart, it's an authentic heart that truly loves and cares and is genuine. And, also, skillful hands. We have to have skills as leaders. We have to have business skills, leadership skills, cutting edge skills, and we have to be good stewards to what God has given to us. Any person of faith is called to be a leader. We're called to disciple others and that's leading others to the faith, leading others to create teams. So yes, we are proud to proclaim the name of Jesus and give glory only to God. So, thank you for noticing that, Marty. 

Connect with Dr. Wes Saade

·         Totalcare.us

·         Wesmd.com

·         On Facebook

Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

Guest: Dr. Wes Saade

TotalCare serves families with primary, urgent and emergency care. With Christ as his foundation, Wes Saade, M.D., leads the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area organization in serving the community.

The Best Christian Workplaces Institute also recently named Total Care one of its best places to work.

Introduction

Marti Pieper: I'm Marty Pieper and you're listening to Charisma Connection. Today I want to introduce you to my new friend, Dr. Wes Saade, a board-certified family physician and founder of Total Care, which serves patients in the Greater Fort Worth, Texas area. Welcome, Dr. Saade, I am super excited to talk with you today, and one of the reasons is I've been online and I've been reading your two blogs. I can tell that we share a love of stories and the way God uses those stories to connect people to His truth. There's this story on your blog that touched me so much. I went home and shared it with my husband, and I just know our listeners will love it too. Could you could you tell us how God spoke to you about who can I help today?

Dr. Wes Saaade’s Books

·         Healthy Leadership: A Doctor’s Prescription for Becoming a Better Leader

·         40 Treasures From 40 Years of Wisdom: Lessons in Life and Leadership from Dr. Wes Saade

·         Healthy Leadership Journal

Dr. Wes Saade: Yes, absolutely. It's an honor to speak to your listeners. I have had had a heart to speak and to write, and minister to Christian leaders. As a physician, I've been practicing since 2006. there's been a lot of instances where I feel like the Lord brought a patient or employee or a colleague, and led me and changed my perspective on different things. So, with the blog that you referred to, and I appreciate you reading it and sharing it with your husband, it was a simple patient encounter where I went in and it was the end of the day, and I worked a 12-hour day. So, it was the last patient and you know how it is when you are ready to go home. I don't care if you're a doctor, or a minister, you're ready to leave. So, I went in and I had my smile, and I said, how can I help you? I quickly looked at this patient's chart. I had not seen them before; a colleague of mine had seen them. It had said: patient results. So, I looked at the CT scan, and the CT scan showed that patient’s liver had had some spots. In the quickness of that encounter before, I had not noticed that this patient had breast cancer. So, I went in and I said, the CT scan showed some spots. I don't know that this is necessarily bad, but we need to look into a little bit further. As I was talking to them and reviewing the chart, I noticed the husband's face; his countenance changed. You can tell that there's something there. Later reflecting back, I knew that at that moment, he was thinking in his mind that cancer is back. Once I realized that, oh my gosh, this is a situation where probably their cancer is back and I said this is something we definitely have to look into. But I had the choice to make and I feel like the Lord taught me a lesson that night that, in our encounters whether as a doctor or as an accountant, or as a salesman of any sort, sometimes you have choices to make. I could have at that moment said I'm really sorry, I'll refer you tomorrow to the specialist and let's take care of this. Or, I could have slowed down. I don't care so I had to stay there another hour and really try to emphasize and pray with them and minister to them. This is kind of the story of leadership. Godly leadership is when we decide at the moment to make our workplaces a place of spiritual healing and not just a place of business, where we are just nice to people. That story that you referenced was a moment that I will always remember. Just slowing down, minister to people, don't just be cordial. Go beyond that and minister to their heart. So, thank you for referencing that article.

Marti Pieper: I love it. It has already impacted me just as I think of it, as you said, taking the time to slow down and recognize people as people in that situation. You are helping me feed right into my next question, because one of our producers noticed your workplace was named by Best Christian Workplaces as a Best Place to Work. I'm sure what you just shared with us plays into that. But could you tell us a little bit about what makes Total Care different; why it would stand out from other clinics, other family practices?

Dr. Wes Saade: When I started my practice, we wanted God to be at the center. And we wanted God to be at the center because of the simple reason that I think every believer is called to full-time ministry. Some may be called to church ministry and some should be called to marketplace ministry. If you see yourself as a leader … and I see myself as a leader, as a missionary. We’re all missionaries, and we're all sent for the Great Commission. So, the question that we have to answer at the beginning, is do we see everything we do, as founders of this organization, as putting God in the center of our personal lives … everything we do, whether it's business or health care or being a doctor or whatnot, is at the center. So, this is kind of where it started. It is putting God in the center of our lives, putting God in the center of our business. And from that came several things that I'm happy to share with you things that we did, but it came from that heart and from that center. The organization that gave us that award, and it's a great organization, we learned about them about two, three years ago. We said we’re already doing these things. Why not proclaim it and when I get this award and put it in the wall, and that way we're telling our patients, not just in other things that we do, but we are certified from this organization. So, what this organization does is they come in, and they give an anonymous survey to the employees and if you score a beyond a certain number, you get that award. So, this is kind of how it started. But some of the things that we do we, we have a Bible study once a week for our employees, and it's not mandatory. It's important to say that we cannot cross certain legal boundaries where we cannot force people to do certain things. We have a chaplain, and we pray with our patient. We have a prayer box, and then I can go more into detail if you'd like me to. But I just wanted to kind of say that the heart of it, it started by seeing ourselves as a place of ministry, even though that's not the label, so to speak, on the building.

Marti Pieper: So, even the name of your practice, Total Care, at first, I was thinking that probably referred to the different services you provide. But maybe God has an underlying meaning for it.

Dr. Wes Saade: Yes, you're right. You know, when we first came up with the name, we prayed over it like or anything we do. We thought at the time, and I think we still like the name, that it's kind of catchy and memorable like people should do in their businesses, have a good brand and a good name. But over the years, that name has taken on different meanings for us. From the beginning, like I said, we wanted to minister to people. So, it has been a good name for our organization and for what we want to do.

Marti Pieper: That's great. One of the things I know I appreciated when I looked at your website was that you are, even today, open about your faith. And, you even have you even have a Bible verse right on your website. I'd love to hear from you some of the Bible verses that have really encouraged you as a family physician and as a leader.

·         Psalm 78:72: So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands” (MEV).

Dr. Wes Saade: Amen. Well, I believe that today as Christian leaders, church leaders, business leaders, political leaders, we do not need to be in retreat. A lot of times when I hear the news, I feel like believers are in retreat. We’re sometimes ashamed to say that I'm a Christian. But I'm proud to be a Christian. I am proud to be a follower of Jesus Christ, proud to live the Christian ethics. And I'm proud to call him my Father. We are blessed to be in a country where we can say that freely and without persecution. So, we need not be afraid, and we do not need to be ashamed; we need to be bold about it. Of course, there are nuances to it and you don't want to say this or that, and that's fine. but the heart of the matter is when we make a stand, and when we agree to defend our faith and our beliefs in our society … it could be in a small way, like putting up a Bible verse, or it could be a chapter or it could be in different ways. So, I'm glad that we've been able to do that. There's one verse that comes to mind when it comes to leadership that I keep close to my heart and it is Psalm 78:72. It says, “and David shepherded them with integrity of heart. With skillful hands he led them.” I'm always reminded that men and women of God must lead. People must lead the community, must lead organizations first with integrity of heart. What does that mean? To me, it's a heart that loves the Lord and that loves people. It's not a fake heart, it's an authentic heart that truly loves and cares and is genuine. And, also, skillful hands. We have to have skills as leaders. We have to have business skills, leadership skills, cutting edge skills, and we have to be good stewards to what God has given to us. Any person of faith is called to be a leader. We're called to disciple others and that's leading others to the faith, leading others to create teams. So yes, we are proud to proclaim the name of Jesus and give glory only to God. So, thank you for noticing that, Marty. 

Connect with Dr. Wes Saade

·         Totalcare.us

·         Wesmd.com

·         On Facebook

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