Dr. H. Lynn Wiggins, surgeon with St. Bernards Surgical Associates, has been recognized by his peers as the 2015 Living the Mission Physician at St. Bernards Medical Center.
Each year St. Bernards recognizes a member of the medical staff who exemplifies the formal mission of St. Bernards – providing Christ-like healing through education, treatment and health services. The honoree is nominated by St. Bernards employees, then a committee narrows nominations to three, and the medical staff selects the recipient by secret ballot.
Wiggins is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Shreveport who earned his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the LSU School of Medicine. He completed both an internship and a residency at the Department of Surgery, North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
He has been on the medical staff at St. Bernards since July of 1984. When he joined Dr. Buck Rusher in Jonesboro in the practice of surgery more than 30 years ago, they were the only two surgeons in that practice. That number now has grown to six.
The Louisiana native is described by his colleagues and friends as passionate, caring, dedicated, more than competent, patient, witty, extremely intelligent, humble, skilled, a devout Christian, trustworthy, supportive and servant-hearted. They say he is a wonderful example of a husband and father, is as dependable as any person you would ever meet, is a student of the Bible, is a man of integrity and is a teacher in the best sense of the word.
Each of the individuals who nominated him for the Living the Mission Physician Award pointed to his gift for teaching in the OR and his desire to help everyone do a better job. They say he creates an atmosphere in which there is no hesitancy to ask questions. And they say all his co-works love and admire him.
One perhaps but it best in saying the board certified surgeon “is what all surgeons should strive to be.”
He always looks for what is best for his patients – even when it might be easier for him to take a different approach. That is one of the reasons he one of only a handful of physicians in Arkansas who perform robotics-assisted surgery on lungs. Certainly there are easier approaches for the surgeon – but this, by far, offers the greatest advantages for his patients. So that is what he does.
Wiggins and his wife, Carolyn, have two grown children and a two-year-old granddaughter. Adam Wiggins and his wife, Jessi, live in Texas; and their daughter, Meredith, and her husband, Adam Argo, live in Colorado with their daughter, Hattie.
Wiggins is the son of Sue and the late Horace Lynn Wiggins of Mansfield.
St. Bernards Medical Center is a 348-bed acute care facility in Jonesboro that serves as a regional referral center for 23 counties in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri, caring for the sickest of the sick. It is the only designated Level III Trauma in the northeast part of Arkansas and has the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the eastern part of the state.
St. Bernards was established in 1900 by the Olivetan Benedictine sisters of Holy Angels Convent and has served as the region’s trusted provider of comprehensive, compassionate care for more than 115 years.