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Friday, May 30, 2014 - Dr. Gary Herdrich Honored With St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Excellence in Medicine Award

West Bend, Wis. – Gary Herdrich, MD, West Bend, has been honored with the first-ever Excellence in Medicine Award from St. Joseph's Hospital.

Physicians and nurses at St. Joseph's Hospital were invited to nominate one of their peers for the award, which recognizes the accomplishments of an individual physician or advanced practitioner at St. Joseph's Hospital. Nominees were evaluated based on upholding clinical practice standards, leadership, innovation, volunteerism to improve health care in a local community, the ability to communicate with colleagues and staff, and how the nominee supports the hospital’s mission, vision and values.

"No one else even comes close to be more deserving of this award than Dr. Herdrich," said a nominator. "His is the first car here every morning and at hospice. He’s very sensitive to patient needs, spending hours after work if needed to meet with and work with the families. He has significant community involvement, including many hours volunteering."

Herdrich, a family medicine practitioner on staff at St. Joseph's Hospital since 1981, serves as president of the hospital's medical staff, medical director at the Kathy Hospice, medical director at Samaritan Health Center, and team physician for West Bend High Schools. He has delivered 1,266 babies at St. Joseph's and has admitted almost 5,500 patients to the hospital.

Dr. Herdrich is a graduate of the UW School of Medicine and the Medical College of Wisconsin family practice residency.

An addition to Dr. Herdrich, this year's nominees were: Stacy Boden, Dr. Pat Gardner, Dr. Robert Gibson, Dr. Mary Lewis, Dr. Eric Olafsson, Tom Saugen, Heather Stack and Dr. Madhuri Trivedi.