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KishHealth recognizes outstanding physicians

KishHealth System recently honored three members of its medical staff with Acclaimed Physicians Awards for 2014. Many doctors were nominated by their patients and patients’ family members, health system employees, community members, and medical staff colleagues.

Doctors recognized with Acclaimed Physician Awards this year are Drs. Teresa E. Grant, internist and pediatrician in Sandwich and Yorkville, Dhaval N. Thakkar, internist in Sycamore, and Timothy J. Ruetten, family medicine physician in Sycamore. 

Grant received the Acclaimed Physician Outstanding Service to Patients Award. Recipients of this award are nominated by patients, caregivers and KishHealth System staff for consistently exceeding expectations in care, showing a commitment to understanding and responding to the physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs of their patients.

“As a nurse working with Dr. Grant, I am constantly amazed and impressed by her compassion and true care that she provides to her patients,” one nominator wrote. “She makes personal calls to patients when they have concerns to help put their minds at ease. She knows each patient by name and face as well as knowing their family members.”

Grant is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics. She joined the KishHealth System medical staff in 2004. 

Thakkar received the Acclaimed Physician Promotion of Quality Care Award. Nominations for this award are made only by other physicians. A doctor is nominated for making him or herself highly accessible to colleagues, providing exceptional service allowing for smooth delivery of patient care, for being responsible in bringing a new technology or service to the health system that enhances and greatly improves care to patients, or for participating in a medical research study that contributes to the advancement in a particular field and brings that research to health system patients.

One of Thakkar’s nominators wrote, “He always seemed to have all the time in the world when seeing my mother, and always made us feel like we were his only patients that day.”

“He patiently listens, is thorough in ruling out possibilities and presenting options, visits his patients when they are in the hospital, and makes his patients feel like valued human beings instead of a chart number or appointment slot,” another wrote. “Under his care, patients know they are receiving the best care possible. He is a blessing to his patient community and his kindness and professionalism are greatly appreciated.”

Thakkar is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He joined the KishHealth System medical staff in 2000.

Ruetten received the Acclaimed Physician Humanitarian/Community Service Award. The award recognizes doctors who donate their time and their medical expertise to help those in need, providing medical care and sharing their knowledge without charge within the KishHealth System area, providing services to international causes, and actively volunteering in the community.

“As a member of our community, Dr. Timothy Ruetten has added so much,” one of his nominators wrote. “He is kind and generous. He has been an advocate for improving health.”

The nominator added that Ruetten has been active in local Boy Scout activities and in supporting a countywide disaster drill. Ruetten is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He joined the KishHealth System medical staff in 1994.

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