At the 47th annual Fall Clinics event, the medical community recognized several for their outstanding contributions to the Hospital, the Medical Staff and the community.
The Community honoree is chosen for outstanding service to the Hospital and community. Dr. Mary Vader, representing the Fall Clinics Committee, recognized Tom Barrett. Tom developed the Grin and Barrett Buttkicker 120 Bike Ride into an annual event that has emerged as the signature of the Caring Friends Fund. The Caring Friends Fund provides assistance for cancer patients in non-medical, supportive ways that are not often considered – some examples include providing a wig, a house payment, a gas card, or a massage. The fund emerged from his own illness and treatment to benefit the ultimate “pay it forward” for many in our community. Tom is married to Kristy and they have three grown children, Landon, Krisana, and Derek.
The “Physician of the Year” is chosen based on the on-going contribution to quality medical care, medical staff and hospital activities, community service activities and years of service. Dr. Mary Vader highlighted the many accomplishments of this year’s recipient, Dr. Mindy Miller. Dr. Miller has been active in the Hospital for 21 years seeing patients, delivering babies, chairing committees and covering the Acute Rehab Unit. Dr. Miller was a volunteer physician for the Montrose Medical Mission, and volunteers for international medical missions. Dr. Miller is married to Eric Weig and they have two children, son Mason, and daughter Jordan.
The Fall Clinics is an annual educational conference for medical professionals, attracting providers both local and out of state. This year’s conference speakers included Dr. Sarah Allen, Professor of Medicine at the University of New Mexico; Dr. Michael Myers, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center; Dr. Ryan Aleong, Associate Professor of Cardiology and Director of Lead Extraction Program at University of Colorado Hospital; and Dr. Anna Lembke, Chief of Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic at Stanford University School of Medicine. The event serves as an opportunity to recognize Montrose’s leaders in the medical community.