Dr. Kevin Baumer Receives Physician Excellence Award

Kevin Baumer, M.D., a board-certified orthopedic surgeon on Memorial Hospital’s Medical Staff received the Matthew B. Eisele, M.D. Physician Excellence Award on February 23, at the Medical Staff’s Annual Dinner.

This award was established in 2007 to recognize a physician on Memorial’s Medical Staff who exemplifies dedication to medicine, delivery of quality care and a commitment to the community.  The nominee also should inspire others to provide quality service and a high level of care; demonstrate clinical excellence, as well as caring and compassionate communication to patients, families and hospital staff; model teamwork; be responsive to the needs of patients, families and staff; support Memorial as well as its mission and values; participate on hospital and/or medical staff departmental committees; and set a positive example for others.

Dr. Baumer was chosen from among 17 nominations submitted by employees, peers, Auxiliary and board members.  Dr. Baumer has been a member of Memorial’s Medical Staff since 1995 and currently serves as president of the Memorial Hospital East Medical Staff.  He also serves on multiple medical staff committees and boards including Medical Staff Executive Committee for Memorial Belleville and Memorial East, orthopedic section leader, quality improvement committee for MHB and MHE, chairman of the MHE professional review committee and member of the Physician Advisory Council for BJC Medical Group of Illinois.  In addition, Dr. Baumer serves on the MHE Board of Directors.

Nominations characterized Dr. Baumer as follows:  exemplifies all of the characteristics and criteria this award represents; respected by his peers; champions a variety of hospital initiatives; and a kind caring physician with excellent clinical skills.

In addition to Dr. Baumer, nominees included: Dr. Muhammad Jaffer Ansari, Dr. Farooq Asghar, Dr. Kevin Barnett, Dr. Larry Dobbs, the late Dr. D. Bryan Franks, Dr. Rob Garner, Dr. Salma Mannan-Hilaly, Dr. Sekou Kelsey, Dr. Michael Leavell, Dr. Tex Pardo, Dr. Yazan Qwaider, Dr. Bea Ramos-Pardo, Dr. Adam Shope, Dr. James Taylor, Dr. Michelle Van Dorn and Dr. Srinivasarao Yaganti.

The Matthew B. Eisele, M.D. Physician Excellence Award is named for Memorial’s first medical director.  Prior to serving as Memorial’s medical director, Dr. Eisele was an obstetrician/gynecologist in the community for 22 years.  He was instrumental in shaping the Medical Director’s role into the key position it is today - a liaison between the board of directors, medical staff and administration.