April 28, 2010
Seven physicians were honored for excellence, leadership and service by the John C. Lincoln Health Network in ceremonies for National Doctors' Day.
David Drachler, MD
David Drachler, MD, a pulmonologist at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, was the first recipient of the President's Award for Lifetime Achievement in ceremonies led by the Network's President and CEO, Rhonda Forsyth, and the hospitals' CEO Bruce Pearson.
"Within every organization there is a group of very special, dedicated individuals who have a powerful, personal commitment to organizational success. At North Mountain, Dr. Drachler is a core member of this group," Forsyth said. "Throughout his 30-year career, it has been his foundation for serving his patients, mentoring his contemporaries and demonstrating exemplary service to the administration."
Dr. Drachler has served many roles in the community and the hospital, including chairman of the Medicine Department, and chief of the medical staff. He has represented John C. Lincoln at the American Medical Association and at the American Hospital Association. His inspiration to help others comes from his father, he said.
"He inspired a sense of commitment in me to do what I could to make things better," he said. "I believe we all have some responsibility to light a candle to improve the quality of our lives."
Nelson Faux, MD
Three physicians received awards for Distinguished Medical Service. Nelson Faux, MD, is the medical director of EM Care, the emergency physicians' medical group that serves both John C. Lincoln Hospitals. Under his leadership, Mendy's Place at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital has evolved from part-time pediatric urgent care to a 24/7 emergency center with outstanding levels of patient and staff satisfaction.
"Dr. Faux was a driving force in the early days of emergency medical and trauma systems development when he served as a physician on the Air Evac helicopters," Pearson said. "He is universally respected for his competence, compassion and common sense."
Jerry Fioramonti, MD
Jerry Fioramonti, MD, is an urgent care physician at the John C. Lincoln Anthem Health Center. One of his nominators called him an "excellent physician who clearly loves his profession. His passion for practicing medicine is evident in his daily interactions with patients, staff members and other physicians. While he is frequently sought out for his professional opinions, the quality that sets him apart is his willingness to simply listen and offer thoughtful advice."
Amar Singh, MD
Amar Singh, MD, a cardiologist with Cardiovascular Consultants Ltd. with privileges at both John C. Lincoln Hospitals is "an outstanding clinician who is highly respected by his colleagues and the nursing staff at Deer Valley," Pearson said.
"He is a wonderful teacher who encourages teamwork, and his compassionate and caring attitude permeates his surroundings. He treats his patients with respect and takes whatever time necessary to explain procedures and treatment options, and he is always responsive to their needs and preferences."
Tri Nguyen, MD
Two physicians, Tri Nguyen, MD, a cardiologist, at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital, and Jeff Schultz, MD, an emergency physician at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, received Rising Physician Leader awards.
Dr. Nguyen, medical director for Non-Invasive Cardiology, "is very positive in his interactions with staff and has excellent communication skills. He truly listens to his patients and is good to them, and he fosters an environment of collaboration and teamwork with his colleagues," Pearson said.
Jeff Schultz, MD
Dr. Schultz is on committees tasked with streamlining the patient care process and has been an articulate hospitals spokesman.
"Dr. Schultz has become an excellent leader within the Emergency Department," Pearson said. "He is eager to share his knowledge with patients and with other members of our health care team. He has shown a great love for John C. Lincoln, and we are very excited to have him on our team."
Robert Allen, MD
Robert Allen, MD, a family practice physician at Gavilan Peak Family Practice in Anthem, received the Citizenship and Community Service award. In Phoenix, Dr. Allen serves as medical director of a faith-based addiction rehab center. Last year, he spent two weeks in an isolated British Columbia community halfway between Washington and Alaska to relieve one of the hospital's three physicians who needed a break so that the hospital did not have to close.
"Dr. Allen's dedication for his patients, community and beyond is evident in the way he interacts with people," said Nathan Anspach, senior vice president for Physician Network Development. "His concern always shows."
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