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Dr. John Weeks Awarded 2016 Physician of the Year

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Dr. John Weeks Awarded 2016 Physician of the Year

Clearlake, Calif.—St. Helena Family Health Center – Clearlake family medicine physician John Weeks, MD, was recognized with a 2016 Physician of the Year Mission Award by Adventist Health. Dr. Weeks is one of 19 physicians to be honored from Adventist Health locations throughout California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

Dr. Weeks was nominated by St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake to receive the award because of his 37 years of dedication to a mission of providing exceptional care for five generations of Lake County residents. When Dr. Weeks began practicing in Clearlake in 1979, the town was a physician shortage area; he was the only residency-trained family practice doctor in Lake County, the only physician providing obstetric care and one of only two physicians who provided pediatric or orthopedic services.

“John has served our community through thick and thin,” says Dr. Marc Shapiro, Chief Medical Officer at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. “He has truly integrated with this community and always shown wisdom, grace and equanimity. Working with him is like working with family.”

Dr. Weeks is known for giving his full attention to each patient, learning about their lives and listening to their stories in the hope that taking time today will keep patients out of the hospital in the future. “One of the principles of family practice is that the relationship is part of the treatment,” Weeks explains. “You may have the right treatment, but if you can’t explain things to your patients in a way they understand, you haven’t really done your job.”

Dr. Weeks has served as St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake’s Chief of Staff three times, providing an example of excellence in the art and science of medicine and service to others. He has also invested time in the next generation of physicians by training family practice residents.

“Dr. Weeks has been a change agent for our organization and is the consummate example of putting mission first,” shares David Santos, President & CEO of St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. “He has a deep focus and vision for Lake County and is integral as we achieve goals within the Adventist Health mission.”

Weeks received the award at the Adventist Health Physician Leadership Symposium held in San Diego, Calif., October 10-11. Dr. Whie Oh, an interventional cardiologist, also received a Physician of the Year Mission Award at the Symposium. Dr. Oh also sees patients at the St. Helena Family Health Center – Clearlake.

PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. John Weeks was awarded the 2016 Physician of the Year Mission Award. Pictured, left to right, are Gloria Bancarz, RN, MSN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of Adventist Health; Jeff Eller, President of the Northern California Network of Adventist Health; Weeks; and David Santos, St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake President & CEO.