Hospitalist R. Wayne Cooper, M.D., has been named Lake Regional Health System's 2013 Physician of the Year. Dr. Cooper received the award at Lake Regional's annual Doctors' Day banquet, held March 28.
This annual award is determined by a committee of representatives from Lake Regional's medical staff, administration and staff. Lake Regional employees, auxilians, board members and physicians may nominate an exemplary physician for this award.
"Nominees must demonstrate integrity, professionalism and a positive attitude," said Michael E. Henze, chief executive officer of Lake Regional Health System. "Dr. Cooper exemplifies these traits. He is a dedicated and caring physician who treats his patients, colleagues and nursing staff with a high level of respect."
Recipients also must be focused on customer service and have received positive feedback from patient satisfaction questionnaires and others within the health system or community.
In his nomination, Dr. Cooper was commended for his kindness, dedication to patients and co-workers and his positive attitude, as well as for educating and mentoring staff, and going to great lengths to meet patient needs.
"Dr. Cooper has taught me so much," one nominator said. "He takes the time to know everyone and greets all the staff and patients by name. If someone is having a difficult day, he seems to always be around to lift their spirits."
Another nominator stated: "He is always positive, never complains and encourages staff to call when we have questions or concerns, even in the middle of the night."
Dr. Cooper, who is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, joined Lake Regional as a hospitalist in 2010. Previously, Dr. Cooper was in private practice in Camdenton for 23 years and served as state representative for the 155th district. He also donates his time to Medical Missions for Christ Community Health Center, a free clinic in Camdenton.
In addition to the Physician of the Year award presentation, the following Lake Regional physicians were honored at the Doctors' Day Banquet for years of service: 35 years — Clemens Haggerty, D.O., family medicine; Robert Mason, D.O., family medicine; 25 years — Timothy Lischwe, M.D., ophthalmology; 20 years — Robert Nielsen, D.O., obstetrics and gynecology.