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Hospital Honors Physicians for Service, Leadership (June 6, 2016)

Calvert Memorial Hospital recently held its annual physician recognition and awards dinner to honor medical staff for their outstanding leadership and service to our community. CMH President and CEO Dean Teague said, “Calvert County is fortunate to have an exceptional team of physicians who are so committed to our organization. Every day I receive compliments and letters from community members who have benefitted from your kindness and expertise. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside you. On behalf of the hospital and as a member of this community, I thank you.”

Dr. Varkey Mathew, CMH chief of staff, recognized the following physicians for their dedicated years of service: Dr. Catherine Brophy (20 years), Dr. Fulton Lukban (20 years), Dr. Terence Bertele (30 years) and Dr. Wayne Rozran (30 years).

Five physicians, who were honored by their peers, retired after many years of service to our community: Dr. Jittikom Jantarasami, Anesthesiology, (39 years), Dr. Bennett Frankel, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery (40 years), Dr. Mara Daidone, Otolaryngology (17 years) and Dr. Raja Hawit, Pediatrics (39 years).

The Community Service Award was presented to Dr. Barbara Estes by Dr. J. Michael Brooks, vice president for medical affairs at CMH, for her efforts to build and sustain a pathway for students interested in the healthcare field that encourages them to come back to Calvert County to serve their community. He explains, “Dr. Estes has been instrumental in developing the Calvert County School System’s Biomedical Sciences Program, a partnership between the hospital and high schools to provide students opportunities to explore healthcare careers with first-hand clinical experience. As part of the four-year program, high school seniors must have a job shadowing experience in a clinical setting.”

He continued, “Dr. Estes recruits clinical preceptors in all areas of the hospital and generously volunteers her time to personally make sure each student has a meaningful clinical experience. Under her tutelage, the program has grown exponentially; six seniors from Calvert High School participated in the first program in the 2013/2014 school year. This year 62 students participated from all four high schools.”

Another highlight of the evening was a physician tribute to former president and CEO, Jim Xinis, for his 27 years of unwavering dedication to our community.

Dr. Barbara Estes receives the Community Service Award from Dean Teague, President and CEO, left, and Dr. J. Michael Brooks, Vice President of Medical Affairs.
Dr. Faris Hawit. center, celebrates his father, Dr Raja Hawit, with CMH President and CEO Dean Teague, after 39 years of service to our community.

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