Dr. Stephen Taylor’s desire to help people and his love of science, organic chemistry and genetics led him to medical school. There, he discovered his ability to perform and lead under pressure – two attributes needed by a critical care physician.
“I am passionate about taking care of patients who are extremely ill and working to make decisions that will immediately impact their condition. That’s why I chose to become a critical care physician,” Dr. Taylor says.
Often, Dr. Taylor first encounters his patients when they are experiencing a life-threatening medical event. Those moments feed his passion for medicine. “In these situations, I get to see immediate results of the care I provide for patients and that’s very gratifying,” he says.
And while he is caring for critically ill patients, Dr. Taylor recognizes the importance of his role in managing the stress level of patients and their family members.
“My patients and their loved ones are typically under a lot of stress and are looking to me for leadership and information,” he says. “ I am eager to interact with them, offering comfort and care by communicating my assessment of what’s happening and what’s the best way to respond to the situation.”
Dr. Taylor comes to Mercy Fort Smith with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He was a critical care physician at Mercy Hospital St. Louis for more than 17 years, having also served on the faculty at St. Louis University School of Medicine for the same amount of time. Additionally, he was the medical director of Mercy Hospital St. Louis’ Monitored Intermediate Unit and the Telemetry Monitoring Program.
He and his wife, Dr. Sjak-Shie, an oncologist, relocated from St. Louis to Mercy Fort Smith in 2012 because of the opportunities offered to them here.
“Part of my job as an intensivist in St. Louis included interacting via a video camera with other ICUs in the Mercy system,” Dr. Taylor says. “I could see that Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith had something special – something engaging and kind. I saw the opportunity to become a part of that team and to make a difference here,” he says.