As an Army officer, Christopher Smith used to issue the command, "At
ease!" to young soldiers. These days, as a registered echo-vascular
technologist at Rideout Memorial Hospital, he performs echocardiograms
and Doppler ultrasound imaging of veins and arteries. To put his patients
at ease, he uses humor, humility
and the human touch.
"I approach my job with the orientation of showing love for everyone,"
he says. "By providing the element of human contact, I let patients
know there is nothing to fear."
Christopher joined the Army after graduating from Humboldt State University
and working as a truck driver. In the Army, he received his nursing training
and specialized cardiovascular training. He has worked in cardiovascular
technology for the past 24 years. He moved to Yuba City from Santa Fe,
New Mexico a little more than two years ago.
"My wife and I wanted to be closer to family," he explains. "We
also got tired of the desert and wanted to do more gardening - which serves
as my 'therapy.' We really like the small-town environment here,
Christopher is known for being generous with his time, going out of his
way to help others. "There's no such thing as a 'typical
day,' he remarks. "We never know what's going to come our
way at the hospital. I do whatever I can to be helpful. We have the best
set of co-workers and staff I've ever had the privilege to work with."