The Administration of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Illinois Rural Physicians of Excellence Award are GAH orthopaedic surgeon Chris Dangles, MD, and family practice physician George Bark, MD, PhD (posthumous). To recognize their acheivements, a reception and award ceremony will be held on November 1st, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm, at Railside Golf Club in Gibson City.
According to the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) website, the IRHA honors physicians who exhibit a special commitment to rural healthcare. This is a tradition started more than a decade ago by the National Rural Health Association.
"One of the biggest healthcare challenges across our nation is the shortage of physicians who practice in rural settings. IRHA feels it is important to recognize those who have accepted this calling and gone out of their way to make an imapact," explained Margaret Vaughn, IRHA Executive Director.