Nominations accepted for Country Doctor of YearDoes your hospital work with a great country doctor? The kind of physician who still makes house calls and accepts the occasional apple pie or roast turkey for a fee?
Does your hospital work with a great country doctor? The kind of physician who still makes house calls and accepts the occasional apple pie or roast turkey for a fee?
If so, he or she may qualify as the 2012 Country Doctor of the Year. Presented by Staff Care, Inc., a national health temporary physician staffing firm and a company of AMN Healthcare, the Country Doctor of the Year Award honors the spirit, skill and dedication of America’s rural medical practitioners.
Now in its 19th year, the Country Doctor of the Year Award has been presented to renowned rural physicians such as David Nichols, M.D., who for 30 years flew his helicopter to tiny Tangier Island to treat its isolated population, and to Kenneth Jackson, M.D. who rides horseback to the base of the Grand Canyon to provide care to the Supai Indians. Past recipients of the award have been featured in numerous national media outlet, including USA Today, People, Parade and The Today Show.
As part of the award, Staff Care will provide the 2012 Country Doctor of the Year with a temporary physician for two weeks at no charge, so the award recipient can take time away from his or her practice, a service valued at $10,000. According to Staff Care president Sean Ebner, rural doctors often cannot find physicians to cover their practices and so have difficulty taking vacations.
“We hope the award winner enjoys some time off,” notes Mr. Ebner, “but our real intent is to honor an outstanding country doctor and to shine a light on the great work that rural physicians continue to do even as their numbers dwindle.”
Nominations for the 2012 Country Doctor of the Year Award will be accepted for physicians who practice in communities of 20,000 or less and who are engaged in such primary care areas as general practice, family practice, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Anyone can nominate a physician, including hospital or medical group executives, co-workers or family members, and all stories or anecdotes about the physician’s practice are welcomed.
Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Country Doctor of the Year Award web site at www.countrydoctoraward.com, or you may call Staff Care for a nomination form at (800) 685-2272. Completed nominations must be received no later than October 15, 2012.