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Dr. Narine Sargsyan Wins AMH Chairman’s Award

Narine Sargsyan, M.D., Ph.D., BJC Medical Group Hospitalist medical director and hospital department chief of Medicine, is the winner of the 2021 Alton Memorial Hospital Chairman's Award. Dr. Sargsyan won based on nominations submitted by employees and her fellow physicians. She received the honor recently from Gary Ayres, chairman of the AMH board of directors.

“Dr. Sargsyan works tirelessly on behalf of her patients, her department and our hospital to deliver excellent and efficient care,” one nomination read. “She willingly gives of her time and energy to improve patient outcomes and processes. Dr. Sargsyan is a leader by example and her quiet demeanor camouflages the dedication and passion with which she demonstrates her capability to solve problems, create opportunities for improvement, and serve our patients and therefore our community.”

Other nominations said that Dr. Sargsyan:

  • “Is very caring for her patients and will take time to listen and explain things to them. She is also very professional to staff caring for her patients.”
  • “Takes time to listen and explain things to patients.”
  • “Shows professionalism to hospital staff.”
  • “Works tirelessly on behalf of their patients, department, and our hospital.”
  • “Delivers excellent and efficient care.”
  • “Willingly gives time and energy to improve patient outcomes and processes.”
  • “Leads by example.”
  • “Problem solves and creates opportunities for improvement.”

The award was announced at an Alton Memorial Hospital physicians reception held Oct. 21. Dr. Sargsyan has worked tirelessly with inpatients during the COVID-19 pandemic, has helped recruit new hospitalists to AMH and was a key participant in the selection committee for the first SIU School of Medicine Family Residency program class this year.

“It is surely an honor to receive this award,” Dr. Sargsyan said. “I have been working side by side with many excellent nurses, doctors and truly supportive administrators at Alton Memorial for many years. The comments (in the nominations) are very encouraging and reflect my commitment to my profession, my patients and my hospital.”

Last year’s Chairman’s Award winner, Dr. Juletta Avagyan, was recruited to AMH by Dr. Sargsyan, who now follows her in receiving this prestigious honor. Both are natives of Armenia and graduates of Yerevan State Medical University. Dr. Sargsyan earned her medical degree there in 1987 and spent many years on the faculty. She did a residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo., before joining the AMH medical staff in 2011.

“My philosophy has always been ‘Care for your patients as you will care for your family,’” Dr. Sargsyan said. “I would like to thank all the AMH staff for assisting me in my professional journey and growth at Alton Memorial Hospital. This nomination is a product of all the support I received here.

“I would also like to thank my alma mater, Yerevan State Medical University, for nurturing me into the world of medicine. And I am also thankful for the St. Luke's Hospital Internal Medicine Residency faculty for training me into a more mature world of medicine. Allow me also to mention how grateful I am for my friends, my family and especially my husband, who helped me to endure and succeed.”

The Chairman’s Award publicly acknowledges a member of the AMH medical staff for the contributions the physician makes to the hospital and community, active participation in hospital and medical staff departmental affairs, and the promotion and practice of outstanding customer service with hospital patients and staff. A total of 12 physicians were nominated this year.

Previous recipients of the Chairman’s Award are Dr. Leo Green; Dr. Daniel Platt; Dr. David Riedel; Dr. Kathie Wuellner; Dr. Edward Cornell; Dr. Edward Harrow; Dr. Maudie Miller; Dr. Robert Hamilton; Dr. Edward Ragsdale; Dr. Laurance Monckton; Dr. Thomas Ryan; Dr. Mark Allendorph; Dr. John Hoelscher; Dr. David Burnside; Dr. Charles Schranck; Dr. Randall Rogalsky; Dr. Salvador Lo Bianco, MD; Dr. Erik Stabell; Dr. James Hudson; Dr. Stanley Sidwell; Dr. John Wuellner; Dr. Geoffrey Turner; Dr. Angela Holbrook; Dr. Juri McDowell; Dr. Laura Hill; and Dr. Juletta Avagyan.

Below: Dr. Narine Sargsyan consults with a colleague on Alton Memorial Hospital's Intermediate Care Unit.

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