Family physician Orson Rodriguez awakens daily with a clear perspective on the gift of life. He is reminded each time he gazes into his son’s eyes, or glances at his baby pictures displayed in his Mercy El Reno Clinic office.
For Dr. Rodriguez, the clarity is now as easy as breathing. He simply remembers the time before his son’s birth.
“My wife (Joy) and I tried to have a baby for six years, but for one reason or another, it just never happened,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “We started to think maybe it just wasn’t meant to be for us. But we prayed and prayed, and clung to our faith, always hoping that one day we would celebrate the birth of a child.
“Then one day God gave us Lorenzo.”
Lorenzo Rodriguez was born Sept. 10, 2009. He was named in honor of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino venerated by the Roman Catholic Church in 1987 for unyielding faith in the face of death. The name seemed only fitting under the circumstances.
“When Lorenzo was born, Orson and I just looked at each other and started to cry,” recalled Joy Rodriguez, Dr. Rodriguez’s wife. “No words were needed to describe our joy at that moment.”
Such joy shadows Dr. Rodriguez on his daily walk, especially this holiday season as he takes inventory of his life and new practice in El Reno. He first arrived at the Mercy El Reno Clinic in June – two months before the grand opening of the new clinic at 2315 Parkview Drive. Since then, he has watched his practice mushroom thanks to his caring approach and the presence of El Reno’s long-time physician assistant Robert DiCintio.
Now, with a glowing heart, Dr. Rodriguez delivers care with a thoughtfulness, love and compassion that have come to define his journey.
“The birth of my son was a blessing,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “Naturally, I think about that all the time. The experiences in my life have made me who I am today. That carries over into my work as a physician.”
Dr. Rodriguez approaches health care with a humility often displayed by the Sisters of Mercy before him.
“I see an opportunity to learn every time a patient walks through the door,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “Life has taught me there is always something to be learned from each experience, and I want the patient to feel like we are in this together as a team. Hopefully, we can learn from each other to achieve better health and quality of life.”
Dr. Rodriguez believes Mercy fosters just such a setting for compassionate care.
“I couldn’t have landed at a better place than Mercy,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “Mercy offers a vast amount of resources, a team atmosphere and the healing power of Christ. It’s a perfect fit. I feel so blessed.”