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Mark Luoto, M.D. Named Physician of the Year

Awards & Recognition

UKIAH, CA – For over 30 years Mark Luoto, M.D., has exhibited incredible service to our patients as an Emergency Medicine Physician. His skills, compassion, and exceptional care of our patients is an inspiration to the staff at Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC). When it comes to patient care Dr. Luoto sets the highest standard for remaining true to our mission and serving our community.

Our Emergency Department at UVMC is blessed to have Dr. Luoto’s leadership. He is a highly trained clinician who stays current in his field and passes on his experience and expertise to all nurses, students, patients, families, and colleagues.  It’s one thing to practice your expertise, it’s quite another to teach and mentor the team so the Emergency Department functions at the highest level possible. Dr. Luoto is known for his ability to make his team “feel more confident and capable” when he is working alongside them. He is a leader whose strength is in helping others be strong.

As a team player, Dr. Luoto not only focuses on the patient’s physical health, he also focuses on the patient’s mental and spiritual well-being. He regularly brings in the ancillary support team to treat our patients.

Even though the Emergency Department is an environment where expediency is key, Dr. Luoto still manages to treat patients with respect, kindness and with his undivided attention. As one staff member commented, “Dr. Luoto takes however much time is needed for each patient, yet rarely falls behind. Emergency Medicine is a demanding profession, yet Dr. Luoto leads the group with the most requests for his service. He truly is the Emergency Department’s hero.”

Dr. Luoto exemplifies what it means to care for the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of patients and, because of this, Dr. Luoto was selected by UVMC staff to be the recipient of the physician of the year award in 2014.

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Ukiah Valley Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,600 includes more than 20,500 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,600 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 220 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit [Hospital Website] for more information.