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Monday, August 25, 2014

Physician Recognition

On Friday evening, we held our Physician Recognition Gala at WMHS.  Physicians were recognized for their contributions to WMHS as well as their years of service.  There were two physicians, Dr. Bob Dawson, a pediatrician, and Dr. Bob Miller, a radiologist, who were recognized for 50 and 49 years of service respectively.  That's remarkable since the recognition is for their time in Cumberland serving our patients for five decades.  

We also selected three physicians for awards, Mane Ictum (Latin for Greatest Impact), Lifetime Achievement and Physician of the Year.  Dr. Nii Lamptey-Mills, one of our newest gastroenterologists, received the Mane Ictum Award.  His impact on our health system and our patients has been just short of amazing.  In addition to his wonderful smile and great disposition, Dr. Lamptey-Mills has been fully engaged and has truly had a significant impact on our patients.  Dr. John Stansbury received the Lifetime Achievement Award as he winds down his practice at Hunt Club after 35 years of serving first at Memorial as an ED doc and then serving in our urgent care practice.  John is so deserving of this award for his care, his compassion and his dedication.  Lastly, Dr. Blanche Mavromatis was selected as Physician of the Year.  Dr. Mavromatis is an excellent practitioner who works in a most challenging specialty, oncology, but does so each day with compassion, attention to every detail and always with a pleasant, but professional demeanor.

In my remarks at the Gala, I failed to recognize the work of the Twelve Physicians who serve on the President's Clinical Quality Council.  These physicians are the movers and shakers as well as our early adopters.  They have embraced the change in health care delivery at WMHS and have positively impacted their colleagues in the organization as we all transition from volume-based care to care that is value based.  These docs have made a significant impact on the organization and for that I am most grateful.

All in all it was a wonderful evening and very well emceed by Dr. Jerry Goldstein, our CMO.

Left to Right: Dr. John Stansbury, Dr. Blanche Mavromatis, Barry Ronan, Dr. Nii Lamptey-Mills, Dr. Jerry Goldstein

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