IMS Presents Annual Awards

Date of Publication May 1, 2018

Award recipients were honored at last week’s Presidential Reception. Four annual awards are given each year. This year’s recipients were:

  • Iowa Radio Reading Information Service (IRIS) received the Washington Freeman Peck Award, given to a lay organization in honor of its outstanding contributions to public health.
  • Jeffrey Halverson, RPh, MBA, was given the John F. Sanford Award, given to honor a lay person for outstanding contributions to public health or the field of health care.
  • Jennifer Groos, MD, FAAP, received the Physician Community Service Award, given to a physician who has made outstanding contributions to the community.
  • Doug Dorner, MD, FACS, was given the IMS Award of Merit, which recognizes a physician who has made outstanding contributions to the medical profession and IMS.
In addition, Team Doctor, a coalition of lobbyists who represent medical societies, associations, and academies in the state, received Presidential Recognition Awards.

The 2018 Iowa Medical Society Awards

Presidential Recognition Awards
Given at the discretion of the IMS President to recognize an individual or organization for outstanding actions in support of the IMS mission.

This year, special recognition goes to Team Doctor, a coalition of lobbyists who represent medical societies, associations, and academies in the state. By coordinating our efforts and presenting a united front, we are able to amplify the voice of Iowa physicians in the legislative process.

Dennis Tibben, Iowa Medical Society
Sandi Conlin, Iowa Medical Society & Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology
David Adelman, Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association & Iowa Academy of Family Physicians
Sara Allen, Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association & Iowa Academy of Family Physicians
Emily Piper, Iowa Psychiatric Society
Jon Cacciatore, Polk County Medical Society
Lon Anderson, Polk County Medical Society

Washington Freeman Peck Award
Given to a lay organization in honor of its outstanding contributions to public health.
IRIS
IRIS The Iowa Radio Reading Information Service (IRIS) is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that has been delivering the world of information since 1989 to Iowans who cannot read the printed word because of blindness, visual or physical impairment, or learning difficulties. More than 300 volunteer voices of IRIS statewide donate their time and talent to read to the listeners or provide live audio-description of performances and events.

IRIS serves as a companion and vital connection to the world for those who were previously living full lives but have become distanced. Its 24/7 programming includes readings from local and national publications like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, People, Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, and Oprah.

The IRIS signal cannot be heard on regular radios. IRIS provides custom radios to listeners at no cost to them.

John F. Sanford Award
Given to honor a lay person for outstanding contributions to public health or the field of health care.
Jeffrey Halverson, RPh, MBA Vice President Physician Network, Covenant Clinic at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Waterloo.
Jeff is a longtime participant of the IMS Health Care Executives Section and a trusted voice in healthcare administration throughout the state. In 2015, he served on the ad hoc IMS Data Task Force. Through his leadership role within Covenant Clinic, an IMS 100 percent members clinic, Halverson has also previously served as a leader within the University of Iowa Health Alliance.

Halverson earned his pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 1979. He then earned his MBA from the University of Northern Iowa in 1987, and was certified as a Medical Practice Executive in 1998. He is an active volunteer with several organizations: Rotary International, Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church, Job Foundation, and the United Way. Halverson is married to Mary Margaret Halverson; together they have three married adult children and three granddaughters.

Physician Community Service Award
Given to a physician who has made outstanding contributions to the community.
Jennifer Groos, MD, FAAP
Dr. Groos has made the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity her life’s work. She chairs the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Obesity Committee and was instrumental in expanding the United Way of Central Iowa 5-2-1-0 program to physician clinics throughout central Iowa. In addition, Dr. Groos is the IMS physician champion for the state’s 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices initiative, providing support to physicians in communities throughout the state to expand 5-2-1-0 to even more physicians and patients.

Through this work, she presents educational/informational sessions on childhood obesity-related topics, conducts on-site clinic visits to assist practices in launching the initiative, and is the subject matter expert in developing tools and resources for physicians and their practices.

Award of Merit
Given to a physician who has made outstanding contributions to the medical profession and IMS.
Doug Dorner, MD, FACS
Douglas B. Dorner, MD, was born in Iowa City and his family moved to Des Moines when he was in first grade. He is currently Chief Academic Officer at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, having served previously for 21 years as Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Research. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Dr. Dorner is an honors graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Medical School, and completed his internship and surgical residency training at the University of California – San Francisco followed by a fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

He has been active in medical education at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines for over 40 years, and served as the Program Director for the Transitional Year Residency for seven years and as the Surgery Residency Program Director for six years. Dr. Dorner was honored by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) with the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award in 2008 for his leadership role in graduate medical education. For the past five years, he has served as a volunteer site visitor for the ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review program visiting academic medical centers across the country.

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