Nominate a physician for Country Doctor of the Year

Posted on: 8/24/16


Do you know a great country doctor? If so, he or she may qualify as the 2017 Country Doctor of the Year. Presented by Staff Care, Inc., a national health care staffing firm, the Country Doctor of the Year Award honors the spirit, skill and dedication of America’s rural medical practitioners.

Now in its 24th year, the Country Doctor of the Year Award has been presented to renowned rural physicians such as the 2014 Country Doctor of the Year, Dr. John Otho “Rob” Marsh of Middlebrook, Va., one of the most decorated military physicians in the U.S., and to Dr. Elton Lehman, of Mount Eaton, Ohio, who is known for his dedicated treatment of Amish patients.  Past recipients of the award have been featured in numerous national media outlets, including USA Today, People, Parade and The Today Show.

As part of the award, Staff Care will provide the 2017 Country Doctor of the Year with a temporary physician for two weeks at no charge, 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.  

Nominations for the 2017 Country Doctor of the Year Award will be accepted for physicians who practice in rural communities and who are engaged in such primary care areas as general practice, family practice, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Anyone can nominate a physician, including friends, patients, 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 website, or you may call Staff Care for a nomination form at (800) 685-2272. Completed nominations must be received no later than Oct. 15.

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Healthcare Staffing Services was developed as a collaborative effort among multiple state hospital associations to meet the temporary staffing needs of member hospitals and health systems.

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