Grand Island, Neb. — CHI Health St. Francis celebrated National Doctors Day on Thursday, March 30, and recognized several outstanding physicians for their excellent work in the medical community.
Dr. Jiri Brabec was presented with the annual Physician Excellence Award. Brabec, who is in neurologist, was presented the award by Dr. Molly Johnson. The other nominees included Dr. Isaac Berg, Dr. Shane Burr, Dr. Jeff Burwell, Dr. Scott Frankforter, Dr. Purva Gumaste, Dr. Melissa Law, Dr. Christopher Seip, and Dr. Gregory Sextro.
Previous winners of the St. Francis Physician Excellence Award are Dr. Michael McGahan (2008), Dr. M. Sitki Copur (2009), Dr. John Cannella (2010), Dr. Timothy Gardner (2011), Dr. Richard Fruehling (2012), Dr. Kim Mickels (2013), Dr. Jennifer Brown (2014), Dr. Corey Ohlson (2015) and Dr. Thomas Nabity (2016).
Dr. Scott Frankforter was the recipient of the Performance Improvement Physician of the Year award.
March 30, 1933, was the first observance of Doctors Day in Winder, Georgia. In 1991, National Doctors Day was proclaimed by President George Bush.
About CHI Health St. Francis
CHI Health St. Francis is a non-profit faith-based hospital serving Central Nebraska with state-of-the-art healthcare services. The St. Francis tower has 159 acute-care patient rooms, including the Family Birthing Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit and a 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. St. Francis also operates a Cancer Treatment Center in Grand Island and Hastings, a Skilled Care Unit and an Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center.
About CHI Health
CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 15 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. More than 14,000 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University’s health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2015, the organization provided a combined $172.1 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Neb. to Missouri Valley, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northern Kansas. For more information, visit online at CHIhealth.com and CHINebraska.org.
About Catholic Health Initiatives
St. Francis is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system based in Englewood, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 103 hospitals, as well as long-term care, assisted- and residential living communities; community health services organizations; home health agencies and outpatient facilities and services. In fiscal year 2016, CHI provided more than $1.1 billion in financial assistance and community benefit. CHI generated operating revenues of $15.9 billion and has total assets of approximately $22.7 billion.