Ryan Hepworth is a Population Health Coordinator in the Value Based Clinical Care department at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. He has worked in health care for 14 years, 10 of which as a United States Army Nurse Corps officer. During that time, he was deployed to Afghanistan, where he served as a combat trauma registered nurse and officer in charge of The Walking Blood Bank. In June 2015, he was medically retired from the U.S. Army and joined the staff at Northside Hospital-Forsyth.
Since his retirement from the Army, Ryan also started Shadow Warrior Foundation, a nonprofit that addresses posttraumatic stress disorder in the homeless veteran population.
“I truly enjoy helping people,” Ryan said. “Being a nurse allows me to assist others in their times of need. I chose this type of work because I wanted to do something that was bigger than me.”
Ryan says his favorite part about his job is the interaction he has with the community.
“My position at Northside allows me to have more than just a nurse-patient relationship. I have the opportunity at times to find the root causes of many health disparities impacting our community,” he says. “Helping people understand their health and guiding them to a healthier life is extremely rewarding.”