A member of the Class of 1946, Richard Baylor, M.D., was honored with the Jack B. McConnell, M.D. Award for Excellence in Volunteerism from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation. The 85-year-old retired physician from Kilmarnock, Virginia, spearheaded the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic at the age of 70. He recently stepped down as medical director but continues to have a daily presence at the clinic. During his tenure, the clinic has provided $26 million in health care to the working poor, which reached 4,500 patients and provided more than 58,000 patient visits.
The Jack B. McConnell, M.D. Award for Excellence in Volunteerism honors a senior (more than 55 years old) physician’s commitment to volunteer medical care provided to those without access to health care in the United States. Baylor was one of six physicians honored by the AMA Foundation. Another physician received the Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine and four physicians received the Pride in the Profession Award.
In a news release, AMA Foundation President Jean Howard commented that “These physicians make a difference in the lives of uninsured and underinsured patients through efforts that range from providing mobile health clinics, to opening facilities in both cities and rural communities, to improving health care on a global level. They are selflessly volunteering their time, effort, knowledge and resources to improve people’s health and well-being, and I can not think of a more noble calling.”
Baylor was presented his award during the seventh annual Excellence in Medicine Awards dinner on March 9, 2009 preceding the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C. As the philanthropic arm of the American Medical Association, the AMA Foundation is committed to advancing healthcare in America through programs in medical education, research and public health.
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