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DR. SCOTT HOG AN [METHODIST FAMILY HEALTH].

Scott Hogan had seen the troubled young man before.

He knew of the teenager's anger and capacity to harm others. He'd seen the words "conduct disorder" on the boy's paperwork and knew of the psychiatric hospitals, detention facilities and foster homes where the boy marked his time after being abandoned by substance abusing parents.

Hogan, 48, medical director of Methodist Family Health for 14 years, also knew the power of a kind word. He sat down with the young man and told him it was OK to be upset, that he'd gotten an unfair break in life.

"Shordy thereafter, this previously hostile and hurtful boy sat down with another boy in the hall who was homesick," Hogan said. "He offered encouragement and listened to the little boy in a very nurturing way. I felt privileged to be able to see the impact that kind words can have on patients and further on others whose lives they go on to touch."

Hogan, who specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry, has been practicing his form of preventive empathy in an effort to combat teen suicide, one of the three leading causes of adolescent death.

Homicides and accidents can't always be prevented, Hogan said, but suicide can.

"Many parents are unaware that their child or adolescent is struggling with suicidal thoughts, and through community education, outreach, and screening, these children and adolescents can be identified," said Hogan, who knew he wanted to become an adult who helped kids after struggling with learning disabilities himself as a youth.

Hogan gravitated toward pethatric work in medical school at UAMS, after graduating from the University of Arkansas with a triple major.

A fellowship and residency at Arkansas Children's Hospital convinced Hogan he was on the right track. He has worked at Methodist Family Health, formed to operate the nonprofit Methodist Behavioral Hospital and Methodist Children's Home, for 18 years, growing both hospitals in terms of beds and services.

Hogan has a number of administrative responsibilities, but said he draws his greatest satisfaction from helping kids, as he's wanted to do since he was a kid himself.

by the NUMBERS

14 Yea rs Hogan has been Medical Director at Methodist Family Health

60 Beds in MFHs child and adolescent psych iatric hospital

1995 Year when Hogan earned his MD at UAMS

* When he was medical director for Methodist Behavioral Hospital, Hogan helped grow the facility from seven to 37 beds at the Little Rock campus, while a 26-bed facility opened in northeast Arkansas.

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Title Annotation:PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Mar 26, 2018
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