Dr. Van Breeding, primary care physician and Director of Clinical Affairs here at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation (MCHC), learned this week that he has been named the 2017 Country Doctor of the Year. The award was established as a way to recognize rural physicians and has been presented annually by Staff Care to a deserving physician since 1992.
Last week, representatives of Staff Care spent the day with Dr. Breeding, accompanying him as he conducted patient visits at the Whitesburg clinic and at Letcher Manor Nursing Home. They also visited several other sites in the community, including the Carcassonne School where Dr. Breeding has been working with the community to keep the Carcassonne Square Dance up and going. Additionally, the Staff Care team met with MCHC patients and staff, who told them about Dr. Breeding’s work with his patients.
In the announcement letter to Dr. Breeding, the selection committee stated, “Our decision this year was a particularly difficult one, as many worthy physicians were nominated for the award. However, after visiting with you and witnessing the impact you have had on your community and your patients, we are confident we have made an excellent choice.” It went on to say, “The selection committee was greatly impressed by the many years of commitment and devotion you have shown to the people of Whitesburg, Kentucky and surrounding areas in the face of extraordinary professional and personal challenges. As a mainstay of primary care in Whitesburg, you have provided an exemplary level of care and compassion to your patients. In addition, you exhibited throughout your career an admirable commitment to treating patients regardless of their medical condition or ability to pay. You have positively influenced, bettered and indeed saved many lives, and you are one of the pillars on which your community stands.”
The official presentation of the award has not yet been scheduled, but in the past the presentation has been covered in the national press, including on the NBC Today show. Dr. Breeding is the third Kentucky physician to receive the award, following Morehead’s Dr. C. Louise Caudill in 1997 and Campton’s Dr. Paul Maddox in 1999.
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