An article from Reflections Richmond Hill, Spring 2022 Issue

WORDS BY DR. JAY JAY HENDRIX  PHOTOS BY ERIN HIXSON PHOTOGRAPHY

My heroes make waves. They have common attributes: brave, resourceful, yet humble – living as if rules are “guidelines” and traditional roles are to be challenged. As a consequence, they’re amusingly misunderstood.

Who inspires you?
A family member, neighbor, celebrity, or teacher? Perhaps a parent who set a standard and held you to it? People with traits you admire and aspire to imitate?

Catherine Grant’s mother emphasized one of the same valuable lessons for her daughter as my dad did for me: Never need to depend on someone to take care of you. No doubt, given her example, her daughters will perfect this strength.

Raising three daughters is an enormous challenge in itself. Ask me how I know. When considering the possibilities for Catherine’s girls, a familiar saying comes to mind, “If you see her, you can be her.” Little girls need examples in a variety of roles to know they have options. Sometimes rather than plotting a course for us to follow, the people we admire inspire us instead on an uncharted journey.

“Who inspired you?” I asked.

Encircled by stacks upon stacks of books confirming her thirst for growth, Catherine answered without a second of hesitation, “My mom.”

She vividly described an iconic mother-figure, content to earn the “degree of Mrs.,” required to shift direction by a marriage that didn’t work, a twist among many that would set the foundation for the building of her daughter’s tenacity. Beyond the quintessential story of a mom needing to work with her child in tow, the stage was set for an inquisitive daughter to inherit a relentless work ethic and commitment to excellence. Catherine was eight when her mother re-married. Poppy, as he was lovingly known, became a piece of her balance. With his selfless love and encouragement, he helped her mother lay the foundation- the forging of an entrepreneur. She learned early that work was her way to achieve her goals, and she set sail on that sea.

Catherine’s accolades and accomplishments are expanding in much the same fashion as the business she co-founded. Since opening the first urgent care center in Richmond Hill in 2009, she has been stacking recognitions and awards as neatly as the books surrounding her CEO chair. With her at the helm, ExperCARE is opening a fifth location.

Motivated to be a part of the solution to what she considers to be a “broken” system, Catherine envisions “healthcare the way it should be,” patient-focused with an improved standard of care. “People deserve better care,” and together with her leadership team, ExperCARE is advancing that mission.

Leadership, business fundamentals, self-improvement, and biographies make up Catherine’s reading collection, but she is clear about her Source. One of her guiding Bible verses is from Philippians 4:13 “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

“We all need a True North.” Catherine relies on her relationship with Jesus to provide truth, wisdom, and discernment. “I want to have a tangible impact by helping others experience Him.”

What are you building?

Catherine’s answer to this question again hails her mother’s recurring influence. She believes that what we hear as children becomes our inner voice, and she heard the incessant message, “With hard work, you can be and do anything.” Work does not intimidate Catherine, nor does challenge. In fact, challenge propels her to thrive. The inner voice she now conjures in the face of adversity repeats, “You were created for this.” Together with Scott, her husband, counsel, and confidant, the Grant’s are building full steam ahead.

Catherine’s waves extend beyond business to create broader change for a better world. Alzheimer’s, childhood cancer, and United Way fundraising; serving on boards for community development and healthcare advancement; and volunteering to mentor future business leaders are among her commitments to advocacy.

All of the accomplishments in her wake haven’t changed Catherine’s ultimate goal: to be more like the person who inspires her by exemplifying unconditional love. “In a broken world, my mom has been able to love others even when they were not easy to love.”

Her three young daughters, Grayson 12, Madison 9, and Emerson 1, are watching, and if their mother’s accomplishments seem impressive, I predict a tsunami. Catherine describes them as fearless and passionate. Grayson helped build the recycling program at school, and together with sister Madison, they worked diligently to raise funds for a clean water project in Zimbabwe. Their mom recognizes that her most important role is to encourage her daughters to become all that they were created to be, just like the person who inspired her.

Our daughters are watching; and so are our sons. May we inspire them and others to make waves. Waves are shifting and fading, but the changes they create are immensely powerful, enduring, and inspiring. May we never underestimate ripples.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (February 17, 2022) – Step One Automotive Group will present their Local Hero Award to ExperCARE Physician Assistant Donna McAllister during their monthly Grab-n-Go Meal event for first responders on Friday, February 18th from 11am to 2:00pm at Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Fiat’s location at 1101 Chatham Parkway, Savannah GA.

“Step One Auto is proud to present our Local Hero Award to Donna McAllister. We express our gratitude for medical workers who worked tirelessly for the past two years. Donna is an example for all of us,” said Step One Automotive Group Marketing Manager Maja Ciric. “Being able to recognize and award Donna with a $500 gift card, a JEEP Gladiator for the weekend and complimentary dinner at Ardsley Station during our monthly Grab-n-Go Meals is an honor.”

“Recently, a patient with Dementia came into ExperCARE for an ear impaction. The patient’s caregiver explained that the patient was leery of strangers and didn’t like being touched. Donna went above and beyond, caring for the patient from the moment she entered the clinic, until the moment she walked out, ensuring that she would only have to interact with one person during her whole visit. She took the time to introduce herself, and chat casually with the patient until she felt comfortable being approached and treated. After the patient left the clinic, we received a call from the caregiver thanking us for Donna’s incredible care; the patient was in a great mood for the rest of the day,” shared ExperCARE CEO and founder Catherine Grant. “From her tireless work ethic and commitment to upholding the ExperCARE standard throughout the pandemic, Donna consistently embodies the core values of our organization. We are thrilled that she is being recognized as a local hero.”

The Award presentation is at 12 noon with interview availability following a brief ceremony.

Also – Step One Auto will serve delicious cooked fresh meals from popular and locally owned food truck Chazitos while abiding by social distancing standards. You can sign up for your meal by clicking https://conta.cc/3LgGTO4

Step One Automotive Group is focused on customer excellence, employee satisfaction and being an integral part of the community in which they operate. Dedicated to being involved in the local community, they have become strategic partners with the U.S. Army FM WR Fort Stewart & Hunter AAF by supporting and sponsoring events and activities for military families. Step One Automotive Group has an extensive selection of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat vehicles for sale at the best prices in the Low Country area. They also offer a great selection of pre-owned vehicles in every price range from pre-auction specials, to luxury pre-owned vehicles.

Twelve years ago, ExperCARE opened our doors as The Urgent Care Center of Richmond Hill, on a mission to make a difference while providing access to high-quality healthcare AND extraordinary customer service. After 10+ years of working in healthcare, CEO and founder, Catherine Grant, knew there was an opportunity to create something special that wasn’t available in the market. She envisioned a team of caregivers that where were passionate about delivering high-quality, compassionate, patient-oriented healthcare. Somewhere that patients loved to be and would be crazy to go anywhere else. The gap was undeniable between primary care, the ER, and what patients craved– excellent healthcare, on-demand, by friendly people who really care. So the founding team took a bold leap, and The Urgent Care Center of Richmond Hill, now known as ExperCARE, was born.

Twelve years, three locations, and an incredible journey later, we find ourselves in 2021 – the year after the year that changed everything. The COVID-19 Pandemic undoubtedly affected everyone’s life to some degree, and the healthcare industry was shaken to its core. During this time, our phenomenal team banded together, and refused to stop delivering on our mission. We continued to serve, not only providing access to the experienced, award-winning healthcare and top-quality customer service we are known for, but also proving to be a trusted community partner and together, we made to the other side of crisis.

Reflecting back with grateful hearts, while much has changed over the last twelve years, our core values and our “why” remain steadfast. We will always provide enthusiastic service with a smile, ensuring our patients know that we’re happy they’re here, and ready to care for them. We will always treat our patients with compassion, making them feel seen and heard, and comfortable bringing their loved ones to us. We will always support our team and push and pull each other to reach our full potential. We will be leaders in our industry, and communities, making decisions with integrity and responsibility.

ExperCARE is grateful to have served the Greater Savannah Area for the last 12 years and are so excited about the incredible journey ahead!

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