“The officer came to get me putting those cold, steel handcuffs on my wrists extremely tightly as he put me in the back of the Paddy Wagon where I can see the smears of blood on the wall and smell the foul odor from within,” reflected a stoic Dr. Patton. Just like that Dr. Patton went from a respected doctor who was a hospital executive and top pediatric specialist, devoting his life to those who couldn’t pay for his services, to standing accused of a crime against the mother of a patient in his care.
All at once, he lost his executive position, his license to practice medicine and all he had worked for. He couldn’t process how this had happened. Rejected and abandoned by his peers, he relied on his family and close friends at his time of need. He would never give up because he knew, deep down, that he was innocent. “I would rather be judged by twelve, than carried by six,” Dr. Patton said emphatically in reference to Emmitt Till.
What happens next? You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out.
About Jarret Patton, MD
While these circumstances could have destroyed his career, Dr. Jarret Patton is using this story to raise awareness. He is now dedicating his life to help coach physicians or organizations that are facing similar challenges. He also is a keynote speaker sharing his story at medical conferences and events.
Dr. Jarret Patton has served thousands of children in eastern Pennsylvania for over 15 years. Throughout his career as a pediatrician and medical director, he has remained an advocate for children’s health issues. Over time, his servant leadership style led him to curtail clinical practice to become a change agent in the healthcare system. As a former President of the Medical Staff at the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania he worked with other leaders to promote children’s health and health equity in a highly matrixed environment.
Additionally, he has advised many regional and national committees for organizations including The Joint Commission, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Hospital Association. Dr. Patton spent his post medical training in various fellowships ranging from the Disparities Leadership Program at Massachusetts General Hospital to the Cultural Competency Leadership Fellowship with the Health Research and Educational Trust. He is published in medical literature and contributed to books primarily in the areas of cultural competency and health equity.
To learn more about Dr. Jarret, please visit the links below.
- About Jarret Patton, MD
- Emergency Situation in Ghana
- Rising through the Ranks from Physician to Hospital President
- The Accusation
- Turing Himself In
- The Paddy Wagon
- The Legal Process
- The Verdict
- Helping Doctors and Organizations in Need
- What’s next for Dr. Jarret Patton
- Closing Thoughts
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