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CMH honors physicians for community service (April 5, 2011)

Calvert Memorial Hospital recognized four local physicians for their leadership and service to the community. The honorees were Dr. Bhargesh Mehta for his work in pediatrics, Dr. Francisca Bruney for her advocacy of prevention and wellness, Dr. Anwar Munshi for his distinguished 33-year career and Dr. Raymon Noble for his outreach to the uninsured.

“We applaud the passion with which you, the medical staff, approach your work, and we sincerely appreciate the commitment you make in serving our community and our hospital,” said Sally Showalter, CMH board president, at the annual medical staff awards dinner.

“You go well beyond just providing direct medical care,” she said. “You serve on committees, develop and lead new programs and advocate for the needs of your patients. You are the heart and soul of health care in Calvert County and we feel fortunate to work alongside such a talented team.”

Mehta, who joined the staff in 1998, was saluted for his support of the pediatric hospitalist program and his many contributions to improving pediatric care at CMH. He chaired the hospital’s pediatrics department from 2003-2008 and frequently teaches baby care classes to new and expectant parents.

“Dr. Bruney is a true patient advocate,” said Margaret Fowler, director, community wellness at CMH. “She refers many of her patients for healthy lifestyle coaching and personally calls to follow up on their progress.” Additionally, she initiated an AIDS prevention program, advocates for the needs of the homeless and often presents at community lectures.

Munshi, the first board-certified internist at CMH, has served in many leadership roles, including chief of staff from 1984-1986, vice chief from 1995-1998 and 2008-2010, chief of the department of medicine from 2006-2008 and the board of directors from 2008-2010. Currently, he is a member of the credentials committee.

“Your dedication and loyalty to the health and welfare of our community is a tribute to you,” said Chief of Staff Barbara Estes, who presented the community service awards with Dr. Robert Schlager, vice president for medical affairs at CMH.

Although Noble was unable to attend the ceremony, CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis praised his many contributions to Calvert Healthcare Solutions (CHS), which provides primary and specialty care to uninsured county residents. Currently, 21 local practices participate in CHS. They treat patients in their private offices and the hospital provides low-cost lab and X-ray services. Since 2001, the non-profit group has served over 1,600 clients.

“It was largely through Dr. Noble’s vision that Calvert Healthcare Solutions was created,” said Xinis, “and he continues to provide significant input toward planning and fundraising efforts.”

Additionally, CMH Foundation President Kathy Dickinson recognized Calvert OB/GYN Associates and Associates in Radiology Medicine for their philanthropic support. “For the past several years, these two practices have gone above and beyond in their support of the annual hospital ball,” she said.

Dickinson also thanked American Radiology Associates, Calvert Internal Medicine Group, Dr. Raja Hawit, Dr. Faris Hawit, Dr. Roula Hawit, Dr. Bryan Herron, Maryland Inpatient Care Specialists and Dr. Nancy Ulanowicz. “We truly appreciate everything you do to help the Foundation reach our goal in supporting Calvert Memorial,” she said.

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