The Ohio Osteopathic Association, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio ACOFP, and Advocates presented their highest honors during the special Awards Reception at the Symposium.
2013 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium | Award Recipients (Friday, May 17)
Honoring Your Osteopathic PeersAWARDS RECEPTION
Osteopathic Spirit AwardJessica B. Simpson, DO• Outstanding dedication and spirited passion forosteopathic medicine.• Goes the extra mile and has a caring attitude ofdoing the right thing.• Volunteers as mentor to pre-med students.• Participated in Medical Mission to Guatemala.The Osteopathic SpiritAward wasestablished in 2004 tohonor those who havetruly given ofthemselves to theprofession. The awardis open to anyone inOhio who promotesosteopathic publiceducation.
OOA Life Members• David C. Ashcraft, DO• John E. Barb, DO• John R. Bowling, DO• John V. Cady, DO• Stuart B. Chesky, DO• Dean L. Colwell, DO• James M. Essad, DOLife membership may begranted by the Board ofTrustees to any regularmember who has reachedthe age of seventy, orwho has completed fiftyyears of osteopathicmedical practice,whichever comes first,and who has been ingood standing fortwenty-five consecutiveyears immediatelypreceding. Life membershave the privileges andduties of regularmembers, but are notrequired to pay dues orassessments..
OOA Life Members• Samuel J. Pipes, DO• John E. Ratliff, DO• Abigail H. Faerber, DO• Bernard J. Fox, DO• Richard L. Fuller, DO• David P. Herr, DO• J. Paul Martz, DOLife membership may begranted by the Board ofTrustees to any regularmember who has reachedthe age of seventy, orwho has completed fiftyyears of osteopathicmedical practice,whichever comes first,and who has been ingood standing fortwenty-five consecutiveyears immediatelypreceding. Life membershave the privileges andduties of regularmembers, but are notrequired to pay dues orassessments..
OOA Life Members• Nick J. Mulchin, DO• William G. Paloski, DO• Earl R. Staddon, DO• Ned A. Underwood, DO• Aivars Vitols, DO• George W. Vogelgesang, DO• Charles G. Vonder Embse, DOLife membership may begranted by the Board ofTrustees to any regularmember who has reachedthe age of seventy, orwho has completed fiftyyears of osteopathicmedicalpractice, whichevercomes first, and who hasbeen in good standing fortwenty-five consecutiveyears immediatelypreceding. Life membershave the privileges andduties of regularmembers, but are notrequired to pay dues orassessments..
FP Resident of the YearKimberly N. Jackson, DO• Commitment to education of herself and others.• Helped restructure the Residency curriculum at St.Joseph Medical Center.• Recruits osteopathic medical students to FamilyMedicine.• Many volunteer projects, including Habitat forHumanity, at nursing homes, church, and as a mentorto minority undergraduates.• Research project in Kenya placed secondin national competition.Ohio ACOFP awardsare designed torecognize Ohio DOswho exhibit theexemplarycharacteristics of anosteopathic familyphysician. FamilyMedicine programdirectors in AOA-approved programsare asked to eachnominate oneresident.
Recent Graduate AwardKristen Conrad-Schnetz, DO (’09)• Fourth year surgical resident at South Pointe Hospital inCleveland.• Recently named South Pointe’s Resident of the Year.• One of the lead physicians in organizing humanitarianMission trips to Guatemala for several years.• Actively involved in training South Pointe students.• A role model for others who areinterested in medicine.The OU-HCOM RecentGraduate Award is given tograduates within fifteen yearsfollowing their graduationwho have made positive useof the their medical educationto serve their community orprofession in a leadership roleand who have assisted thecollege through exemplaryservice or support.
Young FP of the YearJane T. Balbo, DO• Role model for osteopathic medical students.• Passionate about teaching and currently developingcurriculum, evaluation tools and teaching activitiesat OU-HCOM .• Leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender(LGBT) health.• Frequent speaker for community,school, and civic events.Ohio ACOFP awardsare designed torecognize Ohio DOswho exhibit theexemplarycharacteristics of anosteopathic familyphysician. This awardis for physicians whoare active in theirprofessionalassociation and inpractice five years orless.
Meritorious Service AwardJames R. Castle• Former CEO of the Ohio Hospital Association.• Friend of the osteopathic profession and workedcollaboratively with the OOA.• Health policy authority for 23 years and facilitatedinnovative strategies to improve the health of allOhioans.• Leader for quality improvement projectsand patient safety initiatives.The MeritoriousService Award is givento an individual who isnot an osteopathicphysician inrecognition ofoutstandingaccomplishments inscientific,philanthropic, or otherfields of public serviceto the OOA.
Medal of MeritTroy Tyner, DO, MMM, FACOI (’88)• Contributions to medicine in the Dayton area, theState of Ohio and throughout the country.• A highly respected leader in healthcare quality.• As a result of his leadership in quality and patientsafety initiatives, Grandview and SouthviewHospitals were named one of HealthGradesAmericas 50 Best(tm) Hospitals for 2013for the fifth year in a row.• Has great passion for mentoring youngphysicians.The OU-HCOM Medal ofMerit is given tograduates who haveachieved distinction intheir chosen field ofmedicine throughcommitment andexemplary leadership.This is the college’s mostprestigious award.
Outstanding Alumnus AwardErik J. Reaves, DO, MTM&H (’02)• Has held numerous leadership positions promotinghealth and disease prevention while serving as aPreventive Medicine Officer in the U.S. Navy.• Has mentored and obtained funding for osteopathicmedical students to complete rotations in Peru.• Served as a volunteer EMT throughout both hisundergraduate and medical education.• Has distinguished himself through alifelong commitment and service tohis community and country.The OU-HCOM OutstandingAlumnus award is given tograduates who havedistinguished themselves intheir careers and personallives, supported the missionof health promotion anddisease prevention andexcelled in their service tothe osteopathic profession.
M. Bridget Wagner, DO,Humanitarian AwardLori E. Grennan, DO posthumously• Dedicated time and energy to benefit cancerresearch.• Raised more than $100,000 for inflammatory breastcancer research.• Coordinated events and activities to raise awarenessfor IBC, a rare type of cancer.• Bravely fought an aggressive disease whileunselfishly giving of herself.The OOAHumanitarian Awardmay be given to oneor more individuals(preferably DOs) foroutstanding service tomankind.The award is named inhonor of Dr. BridgetWagner who servedon the OOA Board ofTrustees at the time ofher death.
Honorary Alumnus AwardPaul G. Martin, DO• Started in 1980, as Clinical Instructor for OU-HCOM,providing clinical instruction, didactic programmingand preceptorship for osteopathic medical studentsand resident physicians.• 1991-1999 Dr. Martin served as the EmergencyMedicine Residency Program Director at RichmondHeights Hospital, and in the years prior to after thisappointment he served as clinical faculty in the CORE.• Has mentored countless OUHCOM aalumni as students, residents, andas junior physicians.The Honorary Alumnus award isgiven to non-alumni who havebrought honor, exemplary serviceand support to OU-HCOM and itscommunity ofalumni, students, faculty and staffthrough significant and selflesscontributions to local, regional ornational communities, and whohave made a positive impact onOhio University and the collegewhile also inspiring the universitycommunity.
Distinguished Service AwardGeorge Thomas, DO• Leader in the local, state, and national osteopathicprofession for 30+ years.• Strong and vocal advocate for osteopathic familymedicine.• Past president of the American OsteopathicAssociation, Ohio Osteopathic Association andCleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine.• Strong commitment to quality inpatient care.Ohio ACOFP awards aredesigned to recognizeOhio DOs who exhibitthe exemplarycharacteristics of anosteopathic familyphysician. This awardalso recognizes lifelongcommitment to theosteopathic profession.
Trustees AwardWilliam J. Burke, DO• Dedicated to the profession and to educating afuture generation of DOs.• Multiple trips to China to develop the primary caresystem of health care.• Respected leader in the profession and in hiscommunity.• Trustee of the American Osteopathic AssociationBoard.The OOA TrusteesAward may be initiateddirectly by the OOABoard of Trustees asdeemed appropriate. Itrequires a unanimousvote of the Board. Thecandidate may beselected directly by theBoard or based on anomination fromanother source. Morethan one award may begranted in any one year.
Distinguished Service AwardPaige S. Gutheil Henderson, DO (’02)• Serves on the Ohio University Alumni AssociationBoard of Directors.• Ensures OU-HCOM inclusion in University wide eventsand keeps the University community aware ofprograms and initiatives taking place within OU-HCOM.• Helps inform and encourage OU-HCOM students toexplore careers in osteopathic medicine.• Supports OU-HCOM and the AlumniAssociation through alumni chapters,clubs, societies and other organizationsThe OU-HCOMDistinguished Serviceaward is given to agraduate who hassupported Ohio Universityand the AlumniAssociation throughalumni chapters, clubs,societies, or otherorganizations.
Distinguished Service AwardHarold C. Thompson, DO• Was the “voice” of osteopathic medicine for adomestic and international audience.• Longest serving host of Family Health, providing dailyhealth program focusing on osteopathic medicine.• Reached 11 million listeners in the US and abroad.• Past director of the Center of Excellence inMulticultural Medicine.• Worked with disadvantaged andunder-represented minority students.The DistinguishedService Award is thehighest award the OOAcan give to a DO who isa member of theassociation inrecognition ofoutstandingaccomplishments inscientific or professionalaffair and in service tothe osteopathicprofession in Ohio.
Family Physician of the YearRichard M. Garwood, DO• Dedicated to the profession and his patients.• Role model for Family Medicine residents.• Mentor to residents and new physicians in practice.• Active in his community as volunteer team physicianand ambassador for adolescent health program.• Compassionate, caring attitude towardsresidents, colleagues, staff,patients, and others.Ohio ACOFP awards aredesigned to recognizeOhio DOs who exhibitthe exemplarycharacteristics of anosteopathic familyphysician. In addition,this award also requiresnominees to be in activepratice, in practice formore than 10 years, andmembers of their stateand local osteopathicprofessional societies..