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Hospital news | Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Contact: Mardi Ford

DISTINQUISHED MEDICAL CARE: Dr. Steven Hunsaker was named Distinguished Physician of the Year for 2015 during the Annual General Staff Meeting held November 19, 2015 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

LA GRANDE -- Hospitalist Steven Hunsaker, MD, has been named Distinguished Physician of the Year for 2015, chosen by a vote of his peers at Grande Ronde Hospital.

The decision was revealed during the Annual General Staff meeting, which is held for all Grande Ronde Hospital medical staff with privileges. Dr. Hunsaker's name will be added to a perpetual plaque that hangs in the physician’s lounge at the Hospital.

The Distinguished Physician of the Year award was an idea developed in 2008 that sprang from conversations held among members of the Hospital’s Medical Staff. They wanted a way to officially recognize those from among their ranks who had stood out over the year for their commitment to providing patient with quality care, and leadership for their peers, as well as demonstrating a willingness to selflessly serve others.

"It truly is an honor to be recognized. It means a lot to me coming from the other physicians," Hunsaker said. "I try to do what I think are the right things for the right reasons, but this honor validates that work."

Dr. Hunsaker joined GRH in 2010, becoming the first Hospitalist in the region. Hospitalists are trained in general internal medicine and other medical specialties.

Dr. Hunsaker developed and implemented a Hospitalist Program for GRH, growing it into a successful patient care service by providing our hospitalized patients with access to providers around the clock, which means clinic physicians have more time to see patients in their offices. He continues to oversee and manage that program.

Hunsaker also currently serves as Medical Staff President, which makes him a voting member of the GRH Board of Trustees.