Dr. Geoffrey Turner is the 2016 recipient of Alton Memorial Hospital’s prestigious Chairman’s Award.
Dr. Turner, an OB/GYN on staff at AMH since 1998, received the award before friends and peers at the hospital’s annual Physician’s Appreciation Dinner on Oct. 7, held this year at the St. Louis Zoo.
“I am very honored and humbled to be included in the group of physicians who have won this award,” Dr. Turner said. “All of them have been true pillars of Alton's medical community. A sincere thanks to all the nurses and hospital staff who work hard to make all of us physicians look good.”
Steve Thompson, chairman of the hospital’s board of directors, presented the award.
"Dr. Turner is very deserving of this honor,” Thompson said. “His patients love him. This is always a great honor for a doctor since nominations come from their peers along with hospital employees who work together every day to improve the health of the communities we serve. Each of the nominated physicians is a well-respected member of the AMH team. On behalf of the board of directors and staff, I thank each of them for their commitment.”
The comments about Dr. Turner received from AMH staff who nominated him for the Chairman’s Award included the following:
“Knowledgeable, supportive, approachable, always willing to listen.”
“An advocate for the nurses and his patients.”
“Caring and compassionate.”
“During stressful situations, stays cool and takes charge.”
“Never hesitates to jump in and help.”
“Has been known to deliver babies and see patients dressed as James Bond and Darth Vader.”
As to that last one, Dr. Turner has a very practical explanation.
“Giving birth can be quite a stressful experience.” He said. “If I can make someone relax or smile by showing up to their delivery in a silly outfit or by playing fun music in the OR. for their C-section, then I am probably doing something right.”
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.
AMH this year also honored several other physicians at the dinner:
-- Dr. Laura Hill, a pediatrician with Pediatric HealthCare Unlimited, received the Community Service/Humanitarian Award.
-- Dr. Saad Bitar, a cardiologist with St. Louis Cardiology Consultants, received the Clinical Physician Award.
-- Dr. Narine Sargsyan, a hospitalist, earned the Patient Service Excellence Award.
-- Dr. Erik Stabell, internal medicine/Infection Control, earned the High Impact Teammate Award.
-- Dr. Eric Guenther, a hospitalist, earned the Emerging Leader Award.
-- Amy Hauch, CPNP with Pediatric HealthCare Unlimited, earned the Allied Health Professional Clinical Excellence Award.
-- Dr. Mark Allendorph, a gastroenterologist who retired earlier this year, earned the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Pictured above: Dr. Geoffrey Turner, left, accepts Alton Memorial Hospital’s 2016 Chairman’s Award from Steve Thompson, chairman of the AMH board of directors.