At the 46th annual Fall Clinics event, the medical community recognized several for their outstanding contributions to the Hospital, the Medical Staff and the community.
But this year, there was a twist.
For the first time in the history of the 46 year event, two physicians received the Physician of the Year award. Leading up the event, Drs. Vineet Singh and Gayle Frazzetta were told separately that they were the award recipient—so they didn’t know what to anticipate at the Fall Clinics after dinner where the award winner was to be announced.
At the event, Dr. Mary Vader announced that they were both right: both were named the Physician of the Year.
The awardees were 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 recipients. Dr. Singh was recognized not only for his hospital and community service but his surgical mission work all over the world—teaching locals to use what they have and contributing to the improvement of orthopedic surgical care. He has contributed to many community organizations including the Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club’s annual Wine and Food Event, and is seen regularly working the sidelines at football games ensuring the safety of student athletes.
Dr. Gayle Frazzetta was recognized for her commitment to the hospital and the education of local students, noting her involvement in the school’s reproductive health education program, establishing IMPACT testing in student athletes and providing mentoring for the career option seminar students with Montrose High School. Drs. Singh and Frazzetta are the parents to three young men, Vijay, a senior at the University of Washington, Arjun, a sophomore at the Univ. of Colorado at Boulder and Liam, a senior at Montrose High School.
Other notable recognitions were also given at the event. The Community honoree is chosen for outstanding service to the Hospital and community. Dr. Louis Winkler was recognized with the Fall Clinics Community Award for his various efforts including his past work with the Montrose County Schools Board, Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, being an Advisor of the Passages Charter School, and his continued work on behalf of the Montrose Medical Mission ensuring qualified patients receive financial assistance. He continues to be involved with Mountain View Therapy as a patient consultant and consultant to local nursing homes.
Montrose Memorial Hospital employee Nancy Abel was recognized for her dedication to the Medical Staff, management of medical staff committee meetings, and working with the Fall Clinics Committee to ensure a successful conference each year.
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. Sanjiv Chopra, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Dr. Mark Moyad, Director of Preventive & Alternative Medicine at the University of Michigan; Dr. Ron Morley, Medical Director at the Colorado Psychiatry Center; and Dr. Stuart Linas, Professor and Chief of Nephrology at Denver Health.