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Doctor shares calling on National Day of Prayer

Posted: May 9, 2012 - 4:24pm  |  Updated: May 9, 2012 - 7:29pm

There are things you want to do and then there are things you are called to do.

Dr. Mac Bowman, a cardiologist with the Augusta Heart Associates at University Hospital, knew at a young age he wanted to be a physician and shared his goal with his mother, the guest speaker told those attending the 23rd annual Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon on Thursday.

She never told him he couldn’t achieve it and his parents prayed that he would accomplish what he had set out to do, he said.

Now as a cardiologist with the Augusta Heart Associates at University Hospital, he believes that his goal was truly his calling.

“God has provided me opportunities that have shown, each and every day, that this is indeed my anointment,” he said.

University Hospital is more than just a place where he performs his work, he said. It’s a place where he serves others.

“We take care of everybody…regardless of where they live or where they come from,” he said, noting that everyone is treated as if they are family. “That’s what we do.”

He makes it a point to go beyond knowing his patients by name and to learn about their personal challenges and triumphs and about their family and he shares the same with them.

He also shares in the joy when things turn out as they hoped and shares the family’s loss when doctors have done everything they can, he said.

Despite the challenges, he has not wavered in his desire to continue to serve others and said that he leaves the hospital every day filled with gratitude for having the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life.

“…for that, I thank Him for it, each and every day,” Bowman said.

About 100 people attended the event filled with prayers for national, state and local leaders, members of the armed services and for the economy and difficult times. About 25 North Augusta churches participated in the event.

Reach Nikasha Dicks at

nikasha.dicks@northaugustatoday.com.

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