Orlando Park Dad and his son and daughter are doctors at Palos Hospital – Chicago Tribune

The practice of medicine became a family affair for Dr. Thomas Quinn, Sr. of Orland Park, and his two children. The three are now fellows at Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital in Palos Heights.

Quinn Sr., a cardiologist, had been in private practice for 30 years before Palos Hospital acquired it around 2018. Dr. Thomas Quinn Jr., a pulmonologist, began working at the hospital in July 2021, and his twin sister, Dr. Christina Quinn Digises began working there as a cardiologist in the summer of 2020. Even Quinn father and daughter share office hours on Wednesdays.

Quinn Sr. insisted, “I had absolutely no influence on what they wanted to do.” “It’s good that Christina loves cardiology as much as I do, but Tom loves critical care and pulmonology. Having them come back to the same hospital I work in and the community we grew up in is very special. It’s fun working with them.”

“They don’t work for me – they are part of the Northwestern Palos system – but we are colleagues,” he added. “They teach me things and I think I teach them some things.”

DeJesses said her father’s profession was part of the reason for her decision to become a doctor. She said, “I saw how much my father loved his job – he was so passionate about medicine…I love seeing patients in the community and getting to know him and thanking him, how much his work has impacted the community.”

“We joke about this all the time, but dad, you never made me go into it,” she emphasized. “I love medicine and what we do. When it came time to choose my specialty, the only thing I really enjoyed was cardiology — my biggest interest. I don’t know if it was in the genes…”

Quinn Jr. had similar thoughts. “I’ve seen how much I love his job, and I’ve seen that family and friends will look to him for big decisions. I think it’s great that close friends and neighbors look to you for healthy decisions.”

He studied engineering in college, had a few pharmaceutical jobs” and loved talking to people and helping patients directly. “I saw my sister was on her way to medicine (a year ahead of me in college because of my engineering degree) and I wanted to apply my engineering skills to my engineering students,” Quinn Jr. said. Medicine”.

He added, “The one thing I think he did really well as a dad was that he never pressured us to do it or not – it was really a soundboard.” “Maybe he had a desire to do it secretly, but as a father figure, he was always there when you needed him and not when you needed to find your own way.”

The three doctors enjoy working in the same hospital these days.

“I love him. I think it is very good to finally be working with them,” said Degges. “We have spent over five, six or seven years training, my brother and I, in different hospitals, and finally getting together in a hospital and working,” Digges said. Together it is very special.”

Her brother agreed.

“It’s fun to share some patients with him. I’m a different specialty so I have a different perspective.” It’s fun to collaborate with (my parents and my sister) because I can trust them on a personal level but I can also trust them with my patients. … Not many people experience collaboration with their families on a professional level.”

“As a physician, it is very rewarding[to practice medicine together]because I think we teach each other how to practice medicine, treat diseases, and deal with patients,” said Quinn Sr.

“On another level, as a father, I really enjoy seeing the kind of nice people they have become. This is a testament to my wife, who was a nurse but was able to stay at home so she could raise them. It is a personally rewarding thing and the kind of people that they are.”

Quinn Sr. even worked for some time with his wife, Dane, who was a registered nurse, although she is now retired. “She worked for a while in our office, so I worked alongside her for a few years,” he said. “She understands what it means to be on call for the weekend and be unavailable and get a call late at night. … She didn’t regret that they went to (medicine).”

Digges, who has three daughters (4, 2 and 6 months old) would have no problem becoming a doctor. “We’re training with little stethoscopes,” she said. “I think it would be great for them to see a female doctor, especially in an area like cardiology where there aren’t many women.”

She gets some help from her mom with the girls, especially when she comes home late from work. She is so supportive of me, Tom Jr. and our growing families,” said Diggs. “Now she is spreading her grandmother’s wings and taking all the grandchildren under her wing.” (Queen Jr has a 7-month-old son.)

Degges also gets help from her father, whom she considers a mentor. “He’s full of knowledge about cardiology and medicine in general,” she said. “He’s a very smart guy. I’m lucky to have him by my side. He can answer my calls on the weekends when I’m on call.

“I just want to make sure to sing the praises of Dr. Quinn. He’s a unique doctor. Now that I’m a doctor and a cardiologist, it’s clear to me that he’s very unique in his interactions with patients and colleagues,” she said.

“I feel so lucky to be associated with him,” she added. “I use my middle name Quinn. They ask me if I’m Dr. Quinn’s daughter, which is very positive when patients find out (me)”.

It is so rewarding for Degesys to have her brother as a fellow in the hospital.

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“It’s so fun to see my brother turn into a twin,” she said. “We were best friends and friends growing up. I see him in the hallways and joke. It makes Palos feel like home.”

However, working in the same place with other family members is not without its challenges.

“Maybe there is at least once a week where the page goes to the wrong Thomas Quinn,” Quinn Sr. said with a smile. “We’ve been taught that having all these nurses in the family you have to fix it kindly and politely, even if it’s in the middle of the night. I think that happens to me (most often) because I think they’re looking for it more than they’re looking for it.”

Do siblings advise children to follow the same career path as their father?

“I would say you can follow in your father’s footsteps or not, but unless you’re happy doing what you’re doing, that’s the most important,” Quinn Jr. said. “I think it is possible in some families that there is some pressure to follow in your father’s footsteps. I think that as long as he is happy, I support him.”

His sister added, “I think there’s something to be said for working with your dad or your mum – you have that fundamental confidence.” “If you have a good relationship with them, you have that support and it’s another layer to add to your career. Listen. Stop talking and just listen to what they have to say about their career and the advice they want to give you. I’ve only had beautiful and positive experiences with my parents.”

Melinda Moore is a freelance reporter for The Daily Southtown.