Lourdes bestows the Healing Spirit Award upon physicians who exemplify its mission and core values of compassion, commitment, integrity, excellence and stewardship. This year’s winners are:
Dr. Jerome Horwitz, DO
Dr. Horwitz is a cardiologist and a founding member of South Jersey Heart Group – Lourdes Cardiology.
“I’m honored to receive the Healing Spirit award, and to be a physician at Lourdes,” said Dr. Horwitz. “I look forward to continuing to care for our community and to carry forth the Lourdes mission to better the health of our patients.”
Dr. Horwitz has served the South Jersey community since 1979. Prior to Lourdes Cardiology, Dr. Horwitz was the founder of Regional Cardiology Associates (RCA) and later a founding member of the South Jersey Heart Group. Dr. Horwitz was Chief of Cardiology and Critical Care Committees at the Cherry Hill division of Kennedy University Hospital. While at Kennedy, Dr. Horwitz also served as a member of the Board of Directors and the Medical Executive Committee. Early in his career, Dr. Horwitz was presented with the Cherry Hill hospital’s Outstanding Achievement and Physician Excellence awards.
Now with South Jersey Heart Group – Lourdes Cardiology, the teaching arm of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine’s Three-Year Cardiology Fellowship Program, Dr. Horwitz says he teaches fellows, residents and students to treat our patients with the best quality and utmost compassionate care.
“I teach students to take the time to talk with patients and their families,” he said. “It’s so important to listen to patients and to be empathetic.”
Dr. Horwitz earned his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to that, Dr. Horwitz attended Temple University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from City College of New York.
Dr. Horwitz performed his internship and internal medicine residency at Cherry Hill Hospital which later became Kennedy University Hospital, and was named chief Internal Medicine resident. He completed a fellowship in cardiology at The Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP).
Providing holistic care is the cornerstone of Lourdes’ mission. That’s why Dr. Horwitz says being at Lourdes feels right at home. “Taking time with patients helps me treat them better and allows me to care for them physically, mentally and spiritually.
“People at Lourdes are compassionate. It’s based on a mission to care for the community. It’s important to me that we, as caregivers and as a health care organization, do things in the spirit of what’s best for the community.”
Dr. Horwitz feels very fortunate to be able to enjoy time with his wife, children, and five grandchildren, and to have a rewarding professional career.
Dr. Donald Petroski, MD, FACG
Dr. Petroski is the chief of Gastroenterology at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, as well as the hospital’s past Chairman of Internal Medicine.
“I am honored to receive the Healing Spirit Award,” said Dr. Petroski. “I feel fortunate to help others. There are a lot of people struggling in the world and being a physician and active in the community allows me to help those most vulnerable.”
Throughout his career, Dr. Petroski has been committed to actively serving the community and hospital. In addition to being a member of the Lourdes Health Foundation, Dr. Petroski served on the Board of Trustees and Foundation Board for the Burlington County YMCA, as a member of the Rotary International, and as part of the Honorary Commander’s Program for McGuire Air Force Base. In addition, Dr. Petroski has served on numerous patient safety committees and frequently offers educational health sessions to the community.
Dr. Petroski has been named a Sister Elizabeth Corry Award nominee for “Commitment to Those in Need.” He has been named a Top Doc for Gastroenterology by SJ magazine three times, and received the Teaching Award from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine for his contribution to the education of Family Medicine residents.
Dr. Petroski joined Lourdes as chief of Gastroenterology in 2011. He was with Brachfeld Medical Associates of Willingboro for 30 years, then with Cooper University Hospital as an Associate Professor of Medicine.
“I joined Lourdes because Lourdes cares, about its patients and the community,” said Dr. Petroski. “There is a real compassion here, regardless of ability to pay. I take great comfort in the fact that we put patients first.”
Dr. Petroski earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College. He completed his internship and internal medicine residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, performed a fellowship in Liver Diseases at Yale School of Medicine, and a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Connecticut.
“I often tell my medical students and residents it’s critical they have the three A’s – be affable, approachable and available. If you listen to what a patient says, and they feel like they can come to you, it can result in better health for that patient because he or she will more likely comply with what they have to do.”
Dr. Petroski adds, “The relationships I have with my patients are very important to me. They come to me, asking for help when they are sick and worried. They show great courage. I value that and it’s my honor to treat them.”
Dr. Petroski is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Petroski enjoys spending time with his wife, three children and their spouses, and his six grandchildren.