Dr. Stewart hopes tour makes impact

Gary Stewart hopes that at least one of the 25 Cub Scouts, who recently toured his physician's office, will be inspired to pursue a career in the health-care industry when gets older.

Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 267, of Eagle's Landing, heard from Stewart, a Resurgens Orthodpaedics physician, about what his job entails and how learning first aid as a Cub Scout played a role in his becoming a medical doctor.

"I had a particular interest in this because I was a Cub Scout," said Stewart. "We [his troop] were able to meet a couple of doctors."

The scout pack, a part of the Flint River Boy Scout Council, spent the afternoon of Nov. 17, touring the Orthopaedic South Surgical Center, at 6645 Lake Drive in Morrow. Stewart also has offices in Griffin and McDonough.

Stewart and Kathleen Hartney-Velazco, an anesthesiologist and president of Capitol Anesthesiology, spoke to the scouts about what to expect if they have to go in for surgery.

Stewart said they also gave the youths, ages 5-9, some first aid tips as "part of their wolf badge for first aid."

As a part of their field trip to the center, the scouts each received an Ace Bandage, a surgical hat, a surgical mask, and shoe covers.

Stewart said the youngsters took a tour of the center's pre-operating area, the operating room, and the recovery areas, and they and their parents also had questions answered about medical issues.

"This day and age, you hear so much about kids without people involved in their lives," said Stewart. "But these kids' parents are involved."

The McDonough resident, and Tenton, N.J., native, said his time as a Cub Scout was spent honing old skills and learning new skills, like tying knots. He said it also reinforced his patriotism and sportsmanship.

Stewart added that he plans to enroll his 4-year-old son, Ellis, in a scout pack when he comes of age. He said he also wants to give another tour next year.

"Hopefully, they ask me next year," he said. "Hopefully, we've got a couple of doctors from that experience."