Dr. Lynn Strange Receives 2015 Program Director Recognition Award

(PUEBLO, COLO.) - Dr. Lynn Strange, program director of the Southern Colorado Family Medicine Physician Residency (SCFM) program at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has been honored as a recipient of the Bronze Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) 2015 Program Director Recognition Award.

AFMRD presented 13 Program Director Recognition Awards during the AFMRD Annual Business Meeting, on March 30 in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Strange was the only residency program director from Colorado to receive one of the awards.

The Program Director Recognition Awards acknowledge the achievements of program directors, based on criteria in tenure, training, performance and advocacy. The award also recognizes individual program directors for continuous learning and improvement through scholarly activity; peer and professional development and recognition; and commitment and service to the specialty and to medical education. Reaching any of the three levels of the award _ bronze, silver, or gold _ is a status of excellence.

We are very proud of Dr. Strange for receiving this recognition. As the residency program director, Dr. Strange has the daunting task of managing a quality educational program by guiding the residents ethical, professional, and personal development. At the same time, the director is responsible for ensuring that the resident physicians are providing safe and appropriate care for our patients, commented Brian Moore, St. Mary-Corwin president and CEO.

Quality is at the forefront of SCFMs patient care. The clinic just achieved NCQA Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition for the second time. It also holds the distinction of being the first practice in Pueblo to receive this recognition for patient centered care and quality improvement.

The SCFM residency program is committed to training physicians who want to practice full range family practice in a variety of settings. The program provides an American Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) fully accredited three-year family practice residency with the only dually accredited ACGME/American Osteopathic Association (AOA) internship in Colorado.

With last years graduation, SCFM has an impressive 222 residents who have completed the program. Of that group, 102 are currently practicing in Colorado. Locally, 47 physicians are practicing in Pueblo, 12 in Colorado Springs, three in Canon City and another 14 throughout southern Colorado.

SCFM is one of only two programs in the area designated as Essential Community Providers for the Colorado Indigent Care Program, assisting families and individuals who cannot afford health insurance. SCFM offers healthcare to all age groups and accepts everyone, regardless of their insurance or ability to pay.

In addition to providing healthcare to the community, the residency program participates in numerous community service projects each year focused on improving community health. Projects include a monthly Walk With A Doc, the summer Farm Stand prescription program, literacy programs that provide childrens book and promote the importance of reading to children, and an adopt-a-family program to help provide families are patients at the clinic with gifts at the holidays. The residents also provide free health care once a week to migrant workers at Los Pobres, a small clinic in Avondale.

About St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning programs in womens services, orthopedics, cancer, cardiology, stroke, trauma and emergency services. St. Mary-Corwins expert team of physicians, nurses and caregivers provide compassionate, quality patient care, with access to the latest in medical technology. St. Mary-Corwin is part of Centura Health, the regions largest health care network. For more information on St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, visit stmarycorwin.org or follow on Twitter @StMaryCorwin and facebook.com/StMaryCorwin.