Dr. Steven Lewis, laborist at St. Bernards Medical Center, has been named recipient of the 2014 Living the Mission Physician Award. Presentation of the award was made at the annual medical staff meeting.
The award recognizes a member of the St. Bernards 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 via secret ballot.
Lewis is a Jonesboro High School graduate who earned his Medical Degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Following medical school, he served residencies in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa and Lehigh Valley Hospital/Pennsylvania State University Program in Allentown, Pa.
He then went to Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Va., where he served as an assistant professor, assistant director of OB/GYN education and director of quality for the Department of OB/GYN Carilion Clinic. He was on the attending staff at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital as well as the VA Medical Center in Salem, Va.
When he and his family returned to Jonesboro in 2011, he joined OB/GYN Associates and saw patients in the clinical setting as well as at St. Bernards Medical Center.
Recently, he transitioned into the role of laborist at St. Bernards. He was the medical center’s first laborist, seeing patients who present at the hospital who do not have a designated obstetritian and who may not have had prenatal care.
Born in Little Rock, Lewis lived in Star City and Forrest City before moving with his family to Jonesboro. He was an outstanding high school athlete who received the Lowell Manning Award his senior year as the JHS overall best athlete. He was an Eagle Scout who also was a walk-on middle linebacker at the University of Arkansas his freshman year but was sidelined by an injury.
His sophomore year, he transferred to Arkansas State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology and took graduate classes in biology before enrolling in the biomedical sciences program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. At that time he planned to earn a Ph.D. with a concentration in anatomy and cell biology, then teach in a medical school. But by the time he had completed his coursework for the doctorate, he changed career goals … and pursued becoming a different kind of “doctor.”
With a master’s degree in hand, he enrolled in medical school at UAMS.
Lewis is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and holds membership in the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is member of St. Bernards Healthcare Associated Regional Providers (SHARP) and St. Bernards Medical Group.
Lewis and his wife, the former April Isbell of Jonesboro, have three daughters – Lauren who is nearly 13; Hanna, 11: and Ella, 7. They are active members of Walnut Street Baptist Church.
Lewis is the son of Steven and Susan Wortham Lewis of Manila and the grandson of the late A.J. and Letha Lewis and the late Bud and Irene Wortham, all of Manila.
St. Bernards is a 438-bed acute care facility that serves as the primary referral center for patients in 23 counties in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. It has served as the trusted provider of comprehensive, compassionate care for more than a century, having been established in 1900 by the Olivetan Benedictine sisters of Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro.