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Portraits of OPG Medical Professionals

OhioHealth Physician Group medical professionals work hard at what they do, providing the excellent healthcare and compassion they are known for at OhioHealth. They also share their expertise beyond their OPG roles. Here are some of their stories. 

Gaining Experience and Inspiration from Children in Need

Jennifer L. Taylor, CNP, MSN, nurse practitioner with OhioHealth Neurological Physicians, has volunteered 149 hours as part of the medical staff at Flying Horse Farms, a camp experience for children with serious illnesses.

On a picturesque 200 acres in Mt. Gilead, the campers and staff swim, boat, fish, navigate high ropes, perform archery and throw globs of paint at each other — a regular tradition.

“I was pretty nervous going into it,” Jennifer says. “It was a new area to me. I’ve never performed medical care in the outdoors. I’ve worked in hospital and office settings. It was children, and I care for adults.”

Jennifer worked at the camp during the week for children with blood diseases or cancer. While she knew she would gain from the experience, she had no idea how inspiring it would be.

“It was very emotional,” Jennifer says. “These kids have very serious illnesses. They were strong and resilient and willing to try new things. It makes you realize that if kids can do these things, then as adults, we could push on and try new things ourselves.”

From Surgery Suite to the Basketball Court

It’s not like J. Jay Guth, MD, needs any additional responsibilities to working full-time as an orthopedic surgeon in Marion, Bucyrus and Mt. Gilead.

But thanks to a deep belief in the value of sports and a passion for helping youth, Dr. Guth spends much of his free time coaching varsity basketball at Lexington High School.

Dr. Guth joined the Lexington Minutemen team as assistant coach six years ago at the request of the head coach. He played basketball in high school and college, and coached various sports while his four children were growing up. Now that his children are grown and out of the house, Dr. Guth wanted to help other young people reap the benefits of organized sports.

“It’s a good thing. You feel like you’re doing something positive and making a difference,” he says. “We try really hard to build an atmosphere where teamwork and trying to be a part of something bigger than yourself is important. When kids figure that out — that’s good stuff.”

Nurse Shares Her Experiences at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Teresa Roe, RN, care coordinator, OhioHealth Physician Group (OPG), was selected to serve as a medical staff volunteer at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil, providing medical support for aquatics, including swimming and water polo.

If you are a fan of OhioHealth on Facebook and Instagram, there’s a good chance you saw the Summer Olympic Games through Teresa’s eyes. Using #RoeToRio, Teresa shared her adventures by taking over the OhioHealth Instagram account, sharing images and stories from her experience.

Upon her return to the United States, the OhioHealth media relations team caught up with Teresa to hear about her most memorable moments from the Olympics. You can watch the interview at Teresa’s story was also featured in The Columbus Dispatch.

Vice President of Medical Affairs Doubles as County Coroner

It would be easy to assume David Applegate II, MD, has enough to do as vice president of medical affairs for OhioHealth Physician Group. But not only does Dr. Applegate help oversee more than 600 physicians and hundreds of other care providers, he also serves as coroner for Union County.

Dr. Applegate got his start in 1995 as a deputy coroner. In 2000, voters elected Dr. Applegate as county coroner. He's now in his fourth term and says he enjoys serving the community.

"I'm working with other people who also are driven to help improve our community. That's been very meaningful to me," says Dr. Applegate.

The coroner investigates all deaths that are not natural or that occur in suspicious or unusual circumstances. It might be a car accident, an unexpected Emergency Department death, a suicide or a murder. When a case comes in, Dr. Applegate or one of his investigators goes to the scene. They may request an autopsy and collect evidence, analyze medical records and interview people involved.

Dr. Applegate’s cases have included teen suicides, a drowned newborn, a man who murdered his bedridden wife and a hoarder who killed herself and left behind $600,000 in cash.

Sometimes, the coroner identifies a trend, such as a rash of drug overdoses or accidents at an intersection. That information can help authorities prevent future deaths, he says.

“How we can learn from someone’s death is also part of the job,” says Dr. Applegate.