Each year, the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) recognizes special individuals or groups who have contributed to the success of medical care in Arizona. Recipients were recognized in an awards ceremony during the ArMA President’s Banquet at the Phoenix Country Club on May 30, which featured Gov. Jan Brewer as an award recipient and the keynote speaker. Brewer’s keynote speech provided an overview of the work to restore and expand the Arizona Medicaid program, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).

Here are the award recipients: Gov. Janice Brewer, President’s Distinguished Service Award; Marc Leib, chief medical officer of AHCCCS, ArMA Humanitarian Award; Stuart Flynn, dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, ArMA Distinguished Service Award; Michael Grossman, vice president of Academic Affairs at Maricopa Integrated Health Systems (MIHS) and associate dean of Graduate Medical Education-Phoenix Programs Administrator at University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, Edward Sattenspiel, MD, Award; Melissa Kotrys, CEO of Arizona Health-e Connections (AzHeC) and Health Information Network of Arizona (HINAz), “Walk the Talk” Award; Flagstaff Medical Center — CME Program, C.H. William Ruhe, MD Award; Frank Walter, medical director of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, ArMA/ADHS Public Health Service Award.

The Arizona Medical Association also established the Wallace A. Reed, MD Award to honor excellence in health care innovation, in honor of Wally Reed, an Arizona anesthesiologist who designed and established the Surgicenter, the first ambulatory outpatient surgery model of health care delivery. As the inaugural award, it was given posthumously to Dr. Reed, and was accepted on his behalf by his daughter, Vikki Reed.

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