San Jose, CA (June 4, 2012) — Family, friends and colleagues gathered at the Medical Office Building Auditorium at O’Connor Hospital (OCH) on May 29 to bid farewell to Dr. Paul Jackson, an icon and hero to those in his care. Along with 50 years of providing service to the San Jose community, Dr. Jackson was cited for his unfailing leadership in many arenas.
“Dr Jackson embodies everything we have come to expect from a masterful medical professional,” said Dr. George Block, chief medical officer at O’Connor. “And that expertise can be found both in and out of his office.” In 1974, Dr. Jackson was a founding member of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to championing the elimination of cardiovascular disparities through education, research and advocacy. Today, ABC has grown to more than 2500 healthcare, lay professionals, corporate members, and institutional members.
O’Connor Hospital President & CEO James Dover, FACHE, thanked Dr. Jackson for being an exemplary role model for his colleagues at the hospital. “Dr. Jackson has been a significant leader at O’Connor,” he offered. “He showed the rest of us how to live our Vincentian Values. While we will miss him, we all carry his legacy of kind, compassionate care with us every day.”
Along with his 50 years of service, Dr. Jackson’s past leadership posts include president of the OCH medical staff in 1979; medical director at the Primary Care Clinic in Santa Clara; and the 2007 recipient of the Vincentian Spirit Award, O’Connor Hospital’s highest honor. The annual award is presented to the physician that translates the Vincentian Values of Respect, Compassionate Service, Simplicity, Advocacy for the Poor, and Inventiveness to Infinity into everyday practices. Vincentian Values are based on the life teachings of St. Vincent de Paul, a seventeenth century priest who established the Daughters of Charity in 1633 in Paris, France. The Daughters of Charity sponsor O’Connor Hospital.
At his retirement celebration, Dr. Jackson expressed his appreciation for his years at O’Connor. “There are many memories of O’Connor Hospital that I take with me,” he said. “I will miss the intellectual stimulation of my colleagues and the camaraderie we shared. But most of all, I will remember the many patients I have treated in the hospital, the life stories unfolding in every room–the joy and the sadness. In retirement, my wife and I will enjoy our children and grandchildren, and enjoy the magic of an ordinary day,” he added.
Dr. Jackson received his BA at The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences and his Doctor of Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He served in the US Army Medical Corps from July 1, 1961 through June 30, 1962.