Sampson Davis, M.D., an emergency room doctor and co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream, spoke to a full house on Wednesday, March 12, at the Derek Jeter Center at Phoenix House.
Dr. Davis was raised in Newark, New Jersey and still serves that community today as attending emergency room physician at Beth Israel Medical Center, the Newark hospital where he was born. He spoke on Wednesday to a rapt audience of young Phoenix House clients about his experiences growing up and the adversity he overcame in his determination to become a physician. Sharing his formula for success in life, he cited his three D’s: dedication, determination and discipline. With two boyhood friends, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins, Dr. Davis wrote The Pact, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks and chronicles their shared determination to succeed through hard work and discipline. Dr. Davis’s latest book, Living and Dying in Brick City: an E.R. Doctor Returns Home, explores the health care crisis in urban communities from the perspective of an emergency room doctor.
Dr. Sampson’s visit to the Derek Jeter Center was made possible through the generosity of the Jeter family’s Turn 2 Foundation, which supports Phoenix House’s work to help Tampa-area adolescents overcome drug and alcohol abuse. New York Yankee legend Derek Jeter created the foundation to help young people turn away from drugs and risky behaviors and “turn to” healthy lifestyles. Jeter’s Leaders, a youth leadership program funded by Turn 2, promotes academic achievement and positive social activism among high school students.
The Derek Jeter Center at Phoenix House, named in honor of a generous grant from the Turn 2 Foundation, provides outpatient treatment and counseling for teens and adults struggling with substance abuse. Phoenix House Brandon Center, located nearby, provides similar services for adults and teens. Adult men and women whose drug or drinking problems warrant residential care receive gender-specific rehabilitation care at Phoenix House Citra Center.
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