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Two Local Physicians Receive Legacy Awards

Awards & Recognition

When you think of the impact of health on the community, you can’t look much further than William Bowen, MD, orthopedic surgeon, and Donald L. Coursey, MD, Otolaryngologist or ENT (ear, nose, and throat). They have dedicated their lives to making the lives of others – better.

On Wednesday, May 9, both Dr. Bowen and Dr. Coursey were honored by Adventist Health Northern California Network for their dedication and commitment to the communities they serve. The presentation was made at a joint session of board members, physicians, and NCN executives.

According to Rick Bockmann, CEO of Howard Memorial Hospital, “I have never met a physician that has worked anymore hours or harder than Dr. Bowen.” A sentiment shared by Kimberly Faucher, MD, Chief of Staff at HMH, “He lives and breathes his work. And I just want to thank him for the love and kindness to me and everyone’s lives that you’ve touched.”

Regarding Dr. Coursey, Gwen Matthews, CEO at UVMC had this to say, “Dr. Coursey is a physician who is truly a legacy physician for Ukiah and our community.” When asked about his feelings toward the community he serves, Dr. Coursey said, “The thing that keeps me going is the love I have for my patients and my work. They have become my friends, and have allowed me to have the responsibility of caring for them.”

Dr. Bowen began practicing medicine in Mendocino County in 1979. Dr. Bowen is a graduate of Loma Linda University and did his residency at San Bernadino County Hospital. Dr. Coursey has an equally impressive resume. He received his doctorate degree at the University of Southern California School of Medicine before serving as a Captain in the United States Army in Vietnam. Dr. Coursey did his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. He began practicing in Ukiah in 1975.

In all, five doctors were honored from around Adventist Health Northern California Network (NCN) which includes: Howard Memorial Hospital (Willits), St. Helena Center for Behavioral Health (Vallejo), St. Helena Clearlake (Clearlake), St. Helena Napa (St. Helena), and Ukiah Valley Medical Center (Ukiah). Adventist Health NCN President Terry Newmyer shared, “These five have given their lives to save lives,” referring to the five doctors who were honored from each facility. Newmyer continued, “It’s tremendous to be able for us to say thank you to these wonderful doctors.”