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Christopher Smith puts patients 'at ease'

Christopher Smith

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, too."

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."