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Local Emergency Physician Honored for Mission Attitude


Tom Underhill, MD, Receives Award at Physician Leadership Symposium

Tom Underhill, MD, was recognized for living the mission of Adventist Health at the annual Physician Leadership Symposium in Sacramento, Calif. on October 18 and 19.

The Physician Leadership Symposium brought together physician leaders (and other key hospital and corporate administrators and staff) from across the four-state system. The event, which drew approximately 212 attendees, featured several nationally recognized speakers who addressed subjects such as leveraging technology, patient care and clinical efficiency and resilience role modeling.

"We want this annual physician leadership forum to provide illumination, inspiration, conversation, and a sense of restoration to all of our attendees as we carry out our sacred mission and provide the best possible health care for the communities we serve,” stated Keith Doram, M.D., vice president and CMO of Adventist Health.

Also part of the symposium was the Physicians of the Year awards, presented at a dinner Tuesday evening. Wintley Phipps, world-renowed vocal artist, provided the entertainment for the awards dinner. The award recognizes the compassionate work of those who distinguish themselves from the ordinary. The honorees, selected by their hospitals, were chosen as exemplary health care providers because they embody the organization’s mission and focus on whole person care.

Dr. Underhill has been a member of the WWGH medical staff from 1999 to 2003 and 2004 to the present. He is currently the medical director of the Emergency Center and became chief of the WWGH medical staff this year. His enthusiasm for life is well known—he works hard and plays hard. In the ER he is a compassionate leader who listens to his patients and is a trusted advisor to the staff.

“We are grateful for Dr. Underhill’s compassion and dedication, both inside the Emergency Center and in his leadership roles,” says Monty Knittel, WWGH President and CEO. “He is a living example of the strength of our mission and his work is an expression of God’s love.”