Name: Jeremy L. Brown, M.D. – My middle name is important to me. Both of my grandfathers’ initials were J.L. When I finished medical school, I made the decision to always use my middle initial in my signature and on forms as a tribute to them.
I am from: Abilene
Occupation: physician, medical director and executive director, Hospice of Lubbock
How I ended up in this business: In residency, I took care of a patient with prostate cancer. After getting his pain under control and easing his family’s anxiety by educating them on his disease process, I saw what a difference it made in his quality of life. I felt this is where I was called to be - hospice and palliative care.
The one thing I enjoy most about my work: Going into patients’ homes.
My business philosophy: We are all going to die. For those who receive a terminal diagnosis, I believe a good death, free of pain and suffering, is possible and should be the standard. I also believe it is possible to achieve this without CAUSING a patient’s death, i.e. euthanasia, physician-assisted death.
What are your goals in your business: I want Hospice of Lubbock to be recognized as the premier hospice for Lubbock and the 18 surrounding counties we serve. We are the only hospice to provide services to both adults and children; and in our 30 years of serving this region, we have never turned away a patient in need of hospice services based on their ability to pay or insurance status. With all of the changes in health care, I want to ensure that Hospice of Lubbock will be around for many years and continue to provide excellent hospice care.
What Lubbockites might not know about Hospice of Lubbock: We are the oldest hospice in this area, having served Lubbock and 18 surrounding counties since 1987. We are the only non-profit in the region that serves both adults and children. Through the support and generosity of Lubbock and the surrounding areas, in 30 years we have never denied services to any hospice-appropriate patient in need.
The best advice I’ve ever received: Be present. Patients do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.
The person I most admire: Charley Wasson, our previous executive director at Hospice of Lubbock. I find myself as the new executive director of Hospice of Lubbock because of his untimely death in May at the age of 41. He fought tirelessly for Hospice of Lubbock and believed in the mantra, “Do the right thing for the right reasons.” I don’t want to try to fill his shoes, but I hope to be the champion for hospice care and Hospice of Lubbock that he was.
My family: My wife, Beth, and I have been married for 16 years. Our children are Eleanor Scout, age 7, and Josiah Luke, age 5. Before we had children, Beth and I agreed that if we had a son, we would use my initials, J.L. since both of my grandfathers had the initials J.L. When our daughter was born first, we gave her my wife’s initials, E.S. – Beth being short for Elizabeth.
If I could be anything: I’d be a singer on Broadway.
I wish I knew how to: Play the guitar.
If I could change one thing about Lubbock, it would be: The lack of national recognition for all the great things about our city - the universities, the arts (Moonlight Musicals, First Friday Art Trail, The Cactus Theater, etc.), and most importantly, the people. The world should know how GREAT the people of Lubbock are!
When I retire, I plan to: Sleep! And Travel.