(WESTMINSTER, COLO.) Centura Health, the region’s leading health care provider, is pleased to announce that Sharry Veres, MD, has been selected as Family Physician of the Year by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, an organization that represents more than 2,700 practicing and retired family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students.
Dr. Veres accepted the Physician of the Year Award at the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians Virtual Annual Summit on April 17. The Physician of the Year Award has been presented since 1981 and it is an important marker of peer respect and recognition.
As Director of the St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Veres is shaping the next generation of family medicine heroes. She is respected and admired by her residents, fellow leaders and family medicine peers.
“In health care, the most important asset we have are people. We have an opportunity to teach them to solve both easy and hard problems, to recognize interpersonal teamwork and be a part of the solution, to think about how to solve problems in new ways,” Dr. Veres shared. “I love what I do because it puts me in such a position to creatively work with a team of people to make things better for the future.”
Growing up in an unincorporated town outside of Seattle, Dr. Veres had an early appreciation for the care and service provided by the small family medicine clinic in town. From getting sick with pneumonia as a child to dealing with injuries after being attacked by a dog on her local paper route, she and her family never had to worry about where to go for care.
“Receiving that care when I needed it most left an impression on me. I chose to go into family medicine because they were my heroes,” she explained.
Dr. Veres joined Centura Health in 2012 and has helped transform the program throughout her tenure. In her eight years as director, the program improved patient satisfaction from the first percentile to above average. She’s worked to turn around the finances and create operational efficiencies. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency team quickly adapted and logged the highest uptake of virtual care across the system.
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