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Award recipients at Wednesday’s National Doctors Day Celebration and Awards Ceremony for Memorial Hospital in Martinsville are (from left) Dr. Henry Bridges, Dr. Maurice Bell, Dr. Andrew Gehrken and Dr. Donald Grayson. (Bulletin photo)

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Four area doctors were honored by their peers on Wednesday to mark Doctors Day.

The awards were given at a National Doctors Day Celebration and Awards Ceremony hosted by the board of directors and executive staff of Memorial Hospital in Martinsville.

Dr. Maurice Bell and Dr. Andrew Gehrken both received the Outstanding Leadership Award in a tie vote among the active physician staff and the executive officers.

Dr. Henry Bridges was named Physician of the Year, and Dr. Donald Grayson received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The awards recognize the “personal care they give our patients and their dedication to our patients,” said John Maxwell, chief operating officer at Memorial Hospital.

He presented the awards along with Eric Deaton, market chief executive officer at Memorial, at a reception at Chatmoss Country Club. About 100 people, including about 50 physicians, attended the event.

The Outstanding Leadership Award was given to someone who had served as chairman of the Medical Staff Committee, medical director of a clinical service or member of the hospital board of directors. Maxwell noted that the tie occurred because it is difficult to “single out the most beloved” person in leadership.

Bell is chief of anesthesiology and current president of the medical staff. He joined Memorial’s staff in 2001.

Gehrken, a urologist, was chief of surgery in 1990-91 and medical staff president in 1994-95, and he now serves on the hospital board. He joined Memorial’s staff in 1985.

The Physician of the Year is voted on by Memorial’s 900 employees. It goes to the physician who demonstrates respect to the staff and focus and dedication to excellent patient care.

Bridges, a physiatrist (physical rehabilitation medicine), is the current chief medical officer. He joined the medical staff in 2007.

The Lifetime Achievement Award goes to the physician with the most vested years on Memorial’s medical staff.

Grayson, an ophthalmologist, has been on the hospital staff for 34 years, since Jan. 1, 1980. He was chief of surgery in 1986-87 and the medical staff president in 1990-91.


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