Awards

In an effort to recognize excellent medical care in the community, the Alachua County Medical Society (ACMS) has established two awards:

Health and Wellness Advocacy Award and Outstanding Clinical Practice Award

The recipients are recognized at the ACMS Annual Meeting in May of each year. “We established this award program to celebrate some examples of the superb health care that we have in our community”, said ACMS President David E. Winchester, MD. “As an organization representing physicians in our county we felt there was a need for this kind of recognition and that we possessed the knowledge and expertise to make it happen.”

Health and Wellness Advocacy Award

Health and Wellness Advocacy Award recognizes an individual or group who champions the wellbeing and general health of the community.

The 2017 recipient is the Helping Hands Clinic for the Homeless. Since 1989, Helping Hands has provided over 20,000 clinic visits for 5,000 people from underserved populations in the community. In the application, Caroline Rains, MD said, “Beyond just medical care, patients receive care for the whole person. Attention to their needs for food, clothing, toiletries, and other items is not overlooked.”

Helping Hands Clinic
509 NE 1st St
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 519-5542

Outstanding Clinical Practice Award

Outstanding Clinical Practice Award recognizes a medical practice or service line for providing exemplary patient care.

The Southeastern Integrated Medical (SIMED) group is the first to receive this award. SIMED employs over 400 staff and 70 physicians in a multispecialty medical practice throughout North Central Florida. Daniel Duncanson, MD said of the practice, “SIMED embraces the opportunity for change and endeavors to continuously develop ourselves to meet the needs of our patients, communities, and physician populations we serve.” As the first Medicare Shared Savings Program in Alachua County, SIMED has driven down costs for its patients while maintaining excellent quality of care, with numerous metrics in the 90th percentile for the country.

SIMED
4343 Newberry Rd Suite 18
Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 224-2200


Award Applications

The ACMS Outstanding Clinical Practice Award

This award recognizes a medical practice or service line for exemplary patient care. Examples may include an independent or hospital owned medical practice, an academic clinical department, or a clinical service line within a hospital or medical center. Nominations should include one letter of nomination/support and a two-page description of the practice being nominated. Selection criteria will be delivery of care that is high quality, high safety, patient-centered, efficient, and team-based. Self-nominations are welcome.

Prize: Plaque to be presented at the annual ACMS meeting (May 2018)

Criteria/Eligibility: A medical practice or service line delivering high quality patient care

Nomination Requirements:
1. Supporting letter
2. A description of the nominated practice and how it fits the selection criteria described above. The letter may include examples and patient testimony in support of their application. (2 page maximum)

Application deadline: April 16, 2018

Award Notification: April 25, 2018

Award Presentation: May 8, 2018 (ACMS Annual Meeting)

Staff Contact: Jackie Owens, ACMS Executive Vice-President (evp@acms.net)


The ACMS Health and Wellness Advocacy Award

This award will recognize an individual or group who champions the wellbeing and general health of the community. Examples may include a clinic for the underserved, a program to encourage community fitness, or efforts to enhance prevention of disease. Nominations should include one letter of nomination/support and a one-page description of the individual, group, or program being nominated. Selection criteria include community impact and outcomes, nominee’s dedication to service, and demonstration of leadership or vision for achieving health and wellness. Self-nominations are welcome.

Prize: Plaque to be presented at the annual ACMS meeting (May 2018)

Criteria/Eligibility: Any individual or group member of the community successful in promoting general health and wellness

Nomination Requirements:
1. Supporting letter
2. A description of the nominee and how they fit the selection criteria described above. The letter may include examples and patient/client testimony in support of their application. (1 page maximum)

Application deadline: April 16, 2018

Award Notification: April 25, 2018

Award Presentation: May 8, 2018 (ACMS Annual Meeting)

Staff Contact: Jackie Owens, ACMS Executive Vice-President (evp@acms.net)