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Further down the road

by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | December 01, 2012
With our final issue of the year out the door, it provides an opportunity to take a look back at what has been accomplished in 2012. To get a better idea of what some health care professionals have managed to do, check out our second annual "Best of" feature on page 49. The list of associations and honorees showcased in this year's recap has nearly doubled from last year, meaning there's a greater chance that you'll recognize some of the individuals honored in that section.

As for achievements at DOTmed Business News, while we haven't added any lifetime achievement awards to the trophy case, it's safe to say the year's been good. The magazine and our online news continue to improve due to the hard work of the entire DOTmed.com family and through suggestions by our readership. Our news staff will be increasing in 2013 as well, meaning we will continue to improve the content we deliver to our readers.

Speaking of next year, during DOTmed's second annual breakfast held during last month's RSNA show and conference, our company president, Phil Jacobus, shared some of our predictions about what the big health care news stories will be. If you didn't have the opportunity to attend the breakfast, you'll have a chance to read about those topics in the coming months. However, if you can't wait for our predictions, next month's issue will feature predictions by a highly regarded futurist regarding the health care field - don't worry, there are no prophecies stating that the health care sector will come to an end in 2013.

In fact, some of the individuals interviewed for the industry sector reports in this issue are among the reasons that the health care sector will literally keep moving. And while I haven't had the opportunity to personally meet them, I've met many of their peers when I was working my way through college. I went to classes during the day and after finishing a different job, I would head to work on the midnight shift at a large truck stop. In the four years I worked there, I feel like I gained a lifetime of stories - both from my own experiences and through stories told to me by drivers passing through. I also gained a lot of respect for the men and women who drive trucks for a living. Yes, just like any cross section of society, there were good and bad individuals. But I choose to remember the grizzled old driver who always asked how my courses were going and always talked about introducing me to his college-bound daughter, or the drivers that would come in with little gifts for the mechanics and fuel desk clerks working on Christmas Eve even though they too were working for the holidays. The hours they put in and the time spent away from home would probably be hard to fathom by many, but without the professionalism of those drivers the country would come to a standstill. The professionals featured in this issue are among the best of the best - transporting sensitive and expensive cargo that ultimately may help save someone's life. What else can I say about them?

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