Huntington, Ind. – Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – Parkview Physicians Group pediatrician Duane Hougendobler, MD, is the recipient of the Dr. R. B. Peare and Dr. John B. Kay Excellence in Healthcare Award for 2012. The award recognizes contributions to excellence in local healthcare and is named in honor of two prominent Huntington physicians who were instrumental in advancing area health services and in establishing the current Parkview Huntington Hospital.
Dr. Hougendobler completed his medical education at Indiana University, and then returned to practice in his hometown. He has served as a leader in healthcare in Huntington County for the past 30 years.
“Dr. Hougendobler has earned the respect and admiration of his medical peers through his dedication and insight into professional issues,” said Mike Packnett, Parkview Health Chief Executive Officer.
Parkview Huntington Chief Operating Officer Darlene Garrett pointed out that Hougendobler has been an advocate for pediatrics at the highest levels in the health system and that earlier this year Hougendobler and his staff received national acclaim with the Professional Research Consultants (PRC) Excellence in Healthcare Award.
Hougendobler has provided healthcare to generations of youngsters in Huntington County, as well as to patients in other countries through his many medical mission trips. He also is well known to TV viewers through WPTA’s “Noon Extra” segment, where he answered questions about children’s health.
Nominations for the Dr. R. B. Peare and Dr. John B. Kay Excellence in Healthcare Award were accepted from the public as well as from local physicians and Parkview Huntington Hospital staff and board members. A committee consisting of hospital and community representatives considered all nominations and selected the recipient.
The award was presented by Steven Wynder, MD, member of the Parkview Huntington Hospital board, and Mrs. Sharon Kay on behalf of her late husband, Dr. John B. Kay. The announcement was made Saturday, October 27, at the Parkview Huntington Community Gala presented by Parkview Huntington Foundation.